The Duke of Somervale's sister's wedding brings together three couples who must sort themselves out to avoid scandal. The handsome Duke persuades Lady Reyne to pretend to be his fiancée so he can avoid the matchmakers but falls in love with her anyway. Lady Reyne's friend Kate discovers how much she has in common with adventurer Andrew Carlisle, and Lady Penelope Townsend discovers new love with her estranged husband.
(Terra's Thoughts) This was a thoroughly delightful story packed with action and romance. Three couples all set with their own story lines but entangled like a spider's web. This was great fun trying to guess who is going to compromise whom, when and where. Gotta watch those dark corners and sneaky out of the way places dear Duke!
We actually have six characters in this story that are the focus of plenty of to do's. How our author keeps her head on straight is a miracle in itself.
First there is the Duke of Somervale and Lady Reyne playing at being betrothed to avoid a mansion full of bride's maids. A chance meeting gives the Duke just what he needs but more than he bargained for. Lady Reyne is short funded so she sees her chance at securing her future in the way she wants it only to have it slip right between her fingers into another destiny. Quite cleaver really.
Secondly, we have Kate who is boarding with Lady Reyne and is a dear friend to her. Kate becomes entangled with Andrew Carlisle whom she knew when she was young and impressionable and despises more than a bed full of fleas. Their encounters through out the story are full of misconceptions with a powerful hunger of attraction that will leave them reeling.
Third, we have Lady Penelope Townsend with her husband. A husband in name only with an incredible chip on his shoulder and a powerful loathing for the woman he married. What can Lady Penelope do to try and get her husband to be the man whom she thought would be her whole world. How does one seduce one's own husband who is not willing to even be in the same room with you? Hmm......a house full of bride's maids with conniving minds and other wedding guests are sure to prove to be some help. Well, at least I would hope so or our Lady is in dire trouble.
The author has given us every element of emotion, seduction, trickery, misconceptions and anything else you would love to throw into the mixture. A very busy book that doesn't confuse you when having to deal with three sets of characters but a very, very entertaining one. I honestly couldn't put the darn thing down for the life of me. It was delightfully fun and I look forward to see what Leigh Michaels comes up with next.
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2011)