With her whirlwind social life in London, Lady Isabella Wharton has little interest in the customs of the country. But when her godmother asks her to pay a visit to her bachelor grandson in Yorkshire, Isabella can't refuse. It behooves her to please the old dowager, since she harbors one of Isabella's most scandalous secrets. So off she goes to see the newly-titled - and notoriously rustic - Duke of Ormond.
Trevor Carey doesn't care about what goes on behind ballroom doors. He is content with the simple life - and isn't ashamed to admit it to a society flirt like Lady Isabella. But the country air brings out a different side of Isabella - one full of longing and passion. Can her sophistication be hiding a desire for love? When a blackmailer from the city arrives to threaten Isabella, Trevor will shield her from harm - even travel to London. Can the duke tackle the ton on Isabella's behalf...and manage to keep her all to himself?
©2013 Manda Collins (P)2013 Tantor
"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ Reviews should never contain "spoilers" ;-)
This is a very nice first book in the Wicked Widows series. The author's wonderful storytelling and vivid characters makes this one a must for regency lovers and anyone who enjoys a good romance with mystery and suspense..
There is nice chemistry between the main characters Trevor and Isabella. The love scenes are sweet and not too graphic. Isabella is a women with scars from her first marriage and Trevor is a wonderful tender sensual Hero.
This story takes place in the country so it doesn't focus on Balls or proper etiquette.....it focuses more on the mystery and romance which is quite refreshing. .
Since I enjoyed this one, I will be listening to the remainder of the series.
Well, call me shallow but anything with the word 'Duke' in the title and before I know it it's on my iPhone and I'm hitting the 'play' button - magic yes - just like this listen.
I never thought I'd say this but it was a nice change to get away from the Rakes (though I do so love 'em) and the sweet virgin type books as this listen was an enjoyable and refreshing substitution. It had a rich likeable cast of characters that were mainly based in the country rather than ballrooms and a plot that not only had romance but also intrigue running through it as you try to figure out just who the villains are. Isabella, a widow living happily in London with pre-conceived distasteful ideas of the 'country' Duke...... that is until she is forced to the country on a mission and stays with the handsome, charming, likeable Duke then slowly she realises that she's the one that's got it all wrong.
There's murder (opening scene), blackmail, danger, secrets, threats, mystery, sabotage, fun, good secondary characters, sub plots, twists, and, of course, a sweet tender romance that develops as the H/H spend time with each other, learn from one-another and decide to compromise .....then their passion ignites. Trevor's life and kind ways, especially with his sisters and tenants, slowly draws her in but Isabella unfortunately becomes a damsel in distress and is in need of rescuing so Trevor is only too happy to be her knight in shining armour (and who doesn't want one of those).
This book partly concludes but there are still unanswered follow-on questions and an obvious 'simmering in the background' secondary romance that, no doubt, will be the main focus in book 2 mmmm can't wait.
Worth a credit? If you're like me and love a good, well written and well narrated historical romance that you can get lost in then this has to be in your Library - so that's a YES.
Make it to where it actual a plot and not run all over the pace.
Give the main plot more meaning and gave more hostory on his family.
Not her norm.
Alot of them.
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