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Lady Windermere's Lover (The Wild Quartet) Mass Market Paperback – June 24, 2014
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A smart, witty and emotionally dense love story that explores friendship and trust along its passionate and compelling journey. (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
Miranda Neville grew up in England before moving to New York City to work in Sotheby's rare books department. After many years as a journalist and editor, she decided writing fiction was more fun. She lives in Vermont.
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I have been dying to read Cynthia's story since the first book. I was intrigued by her situation and wanted to know what happened between her and Damian.
I found the Cynthia in this book to be quite different that the character I read in the previous books. That Cynthia was much more brazen in her flirtation with Julian and much bolder in personality that the Cynthia in this book and definitely bitter (not that I blame her). I thought the Cynthia in this book was a much more likable person.
Once I got the backstory of what was going in with these two, everything just slide in place. And I could begin to root for this couple.
I liked the interactions between Cynthia and Damian. I liked seeing them both trying to make something of their marriage, while still being true to themselves. I think Damian came across as a bit too pompous at times and Cynthia a bit too desperate for him.
What I didn't like was the Julian factor - I agree with Damian - I think he is/was in love with Cynthia. And knowing that he is getting his own story makes me hesitant to read it. I don't like books where the hero has been in love with a woman that is still alive. Heck, I don't even like him to have been in love with a woman who is dead! And while Julian says he doesn't know what love is and is not capable of it and Cynthia says that she doesn't think he is in love with her - I think he is.
Anyway - you know I am going to read Julian's story - I love Ms Neville's books and she has written other books that made me hesitant about reading the next book and then made me so glad I took the chance!
Positive point that saved this book from being a 2 star, there was no infidelity.
For his part, Damian blamed Julian and Robert for his own foolishness and their longtime friendship ended. For the next six years, Damian worked and traveled on behalf of the Foreign Office and when he eventually had the funds to purchase "Beaulieu" back, it was denied him by the current owner - a wealthy businessman, Joseph Chorley - who wanted to purchase a title for his family. Damian could have Beaulieu but the price would be marriage to Chorley's niece, Cynthia. Thus, Damian married the young woman although he was about as close to disgusted as one might get with the entire situation.
Of course, Cynthia was the one to suffer. She wasn't raised to be a lady - her hair, her clothes, her French were not up to snuff. Damian gave the marriage two weeks before he decided he could not endure it any longer - bless his teeny, tiny heart. During the two week period, he demanded he and Cynthia speak French so that she could improve her efforts for after all, she was now a diplomat's wife. He took her to bed every night but didn't see that she received pleasure and then he departed to far off lands - Persia, in fact - to get away from his awful life - bless his teeny, tiny heart.
One year passes and Damian is called back home by the Foreign Office. Before he checks in with his wife, he dines with his head at the foreign office who tasks him with a new job, and then sends Damian off to escort his wife, Belinda - and Damian's previous paramour - to the opera. While at the opera, Damian sees his old friend, Julian, now Duke of Denford, hanging out with a lovely woman that he eventually recognizes as his wife, Cynthia. This does not set well with Damian who has had some time to realize he never gave his marriage a chance and wants to try and make a go of it. But, the pigeons have come home to roost and Cynthia is not quite the little drab he left behind. Plus, Cynthia has a specific wound to her soul for which she cannot forgive Damian. Whether or not Damian is guilty of this misdeed is one that I won't reveal in this review. But it has preyed upon Cynthia's soul and contributed to the person she has become.
What to say about this story? I must admit to being really dialed into the storyline - the writing is really great. There were some things I didn't like: Although Cynthia had worked really hard on her personal appearance, was a very generous soul and was very willing to forgive Damian, her character might have pleased me more had she hung him out to dry a little longer. Yes, I thought Damian should have had to work a little harder to get back into Cynthia's good graces. He refuses to believe she and Julian have not engaged in an affair. He had plans to give some erotic pictures to his former paramour, Belinda, and accepted a dinner invitation to her home and insisted Cynthia attend with him, although Cynthia was fully aware of his and Belinda's former relationship. I didn't like that.
I did like it that very early on, we learned that Damian had remained celibate the year he was gone from Cynthia. I also liked it that even though he fully believed Cynthia and Julian had been involved in an affair, he was willing to continue trying to make his marriage work and refused to give Cynthia up. I liked it that he engaged in fisticuffs with Julian over her and finally, he began to win me over with his steadfast approach to win Cynthia.
I decided to give the book 5 stars but it was more like 4 1/2.