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One Night Of Scandal (Lords & Ladies Collection) Hardcover – Large Print, February 1, 2010
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Briefly, the h eloped when she was young, the marriage lasted a few weeks before her husband died. She is put off ever marrying again. She meets the H the previous year and he shockingly proposes that she become his mistress. After that the h loathes the H because she is a virtuous widow. The H meanwhile has fallen head over heels for the h (we know this from the previous book) and wants to woo her in his way. The h believes he is a terrible rake and won't trust him. She needs a fake fiance because she needs to return to her family home for her brother's wedding and unless she has a fiance her father will make her return home and arrange a marriage for her. Obviously our H agrees to be her fake fiance and hopes to win her over in the process. There is the continuing side story about smuggling and spies, which began in the first book.
If I had been able to get over the h's continuous carrying on about not wanting to marry, then her behaviour at the end of the book made me want to throw my Kindle out the window. She has a long amorous night with the H and is found out and ruined. Does this bring out any soft feelings, no!! She freaks out at the H for betraying her because he'd made his honourable intentions clear to her brother-in-law prior to their making love. It was ridiculous and just made me hate her. She behaved like a spoilt brat and then decided she had to 'explain' to the H and was surprised when he was distant towards her.
I'm not sure why the author has used these tactics for 2 books in a row. The h's give no thought to pregnancy or how the H's feel. They behave badly and become unlikable in the process. I'm done with this series and won't be buying more books by this author.
Young widow Deborah Stratton had a disastrous first marriage; fortunately it was of short duration. She's been acting the retiring widow in Midsummer Village for three years. When she receives a missive from her father demanding that she attend her brother's wedding and move back home permanently, Deborah becomes frightened. Her sedate life is about to be altered by her father and she doesn't like it; Papa wants her to marry a cousin, Harry. Deborah is underwhelmed with the thought of being under her father's thumb again. She also doesn't want Cousin Harry.
So she devises a plan to get someone to enter a fake betrothal with her for her brother's wedding. Lo and behold, the one man she doesn't want to know of her actions offers to help her. Lord Richard Kestrel is a rake tired of the title and women's expectations. He really wants to settle down and he is in love with Deborah.
Deborah whines too much and seems immature. She did not speak to me; her character was impetuous and short-sighted. Richard Kestrel needed his head examined for wanting the flaky Deborah. But all ends well -- except for the treasonous person in Midwinter Village. This thread is left hanging until the final book. I doubt that I will read it. There was nothing wrong with the book but the plot wasn't all that original or interesting.
Blue Stocking Brides
1. The Notorious Lord (2004)
** 2. One Night of Scandal (2004)
3. The Rake's Mistress (2004)
This book, however, kept all of the good points from the first book, without carrying over any of the same flaws. It was a warm and easy read, and I would recommend it. I love the honesty between the characters, and I love how honest they are with themselves. Their affection for each other grows in a believable manner. We aren't just told that the leads are growing to love each other; we see it happening for ourselves. I also like seeing the hero be honest and vulnerable without turning into a gushy, besotted wimp.
Though the first one was not quite as much to my taste, I would still recommend you consider reading it first, as the thread that weaves through the series can be a bit convoluted if you come in in the middle. This author handles secondary characters well, including Ross and Olivia here, so it is best to let yourself get wrapped up in the overall story arc of the community.
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