Beatrice, Lady Somerfield, is too busy acting as chaperone for her headstrong niece to take her friends' advice to find a lover. Until a dark stranger at a masquerade ball makes her realize what she's been missing. But when her private fling leads to public scandal, more than one life is turned upside down.
Starred Review. Amazed at her own behavior when she indulges in a passionate but totally anonymous garden tryst while chaperoning her debutante niece at a masked ball, Beatrice Campion, the widowed and, until now, quite proper Lady Somerfield, is totally unaware that her maharajah is actually Gabriel Loughton, the Marquess of Thayne. Gabriel, the most eligible bachelor of the ton, is determined to find his Artemis and continue what they started. Yet propriety, the threat of scandal, misunderstandings, a host of family issues, and Beatrice's own feelings about marriage keep things in constant ferment until the end. Effervescent, unconventional, and brimming with honest sensuality, the second installment in Hern's well-conceived Merry Widows series (after In the Thrill of the Night) is a delight. The best-selling Hern lives in San Francisco. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
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December 29, 2011
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