Friday, September 21, 2012

Secrets of a Wedding Night- Valerie Bowman

Secrets of a Wedding Night

Valerie Bowman

St. Martin's, Sep 25 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9781250008954

In 1816 twenty-two years old Widow Countess Lily Andrews is broke and very anti marriage especially to rakes though she is in demand by many of the Ton. When she reads an announcement that Devon Morgan, a Marquis, is going to wed an innocent, she becomes outraged and writes an anonymous incendiary article “Secrets of a Wedding Night”; his fiancée Miss Templeton calls off their engagement.

Irate, Devon visits Lily for what she did to him. She remembers being in love with him five years ago, but he dumped her unceremoniously. He accuses her of being the author and demands she write a retraction. Refusing she says he needs to marry for money because he is a chip off the old paternal block as a gambling wastrel. Devon says she will write a retraction because he plans to seduce her into doing so. Neither is prepared for their feelings to remain strong, but when her teenage sister runs to Gretna Green, Devon accompanies the woman he loves as they follow Annie.

This is a fabulous Regency romance starring two likeable protagonists engaged in a delightful gender war established by what each believes the other did five years ago. Although the misunderstanding premise has been the Genesis” of romances before, sub-genre fans will relish this exciting second chance at love historical.

Harriet Klausner

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