|Isobel walked off and left Nick eight years ago, only a day before their impending marriage. She eloped with what she believed to be a safer choice, Harry Thoroughgood, who later committed suicide. Nick finally convinced her to marry him. The fact that she was previously married should have kept her from being so afraid of their wedding night. Nick made it his goal to find out what horrible secret she was hiding.
Society had made the assumption that, since Isobel had not conceived, she was barren. That secret revelation would be divulged to Nick on the night of their wedding. It didnít matter to him whether she could bear a child. He had a cousin who was married with three children who had supplied the heir apparent to the Marques of Cardington. Duncan Seytonís wife, Mariah, was a former mistress of Nickís. Her child was Nickís heir. She refused to accept the fact that their affair was over.
Ms. Lynne Connolly is a multi-faceted author whose diversity of genres written makes a much sought after writer. She has written this, the first in a historical trilogy, which happens to be my favorite type. I love series and while I hated for this one to end, I have to admit I anxiously await the others to follow.
Ms. Connollyís characters are well developed in this in-depth manuscript. This is a full size book that is clearly written and shows its intense expansion of her cast. There are a myriad of people involved in this surprising storyline. The number of inhabitants in this book did not diminish the potency of the main couple. Each temperament built upon the others to tell this sexually explicit, sometimes sexually demented tale.
This book is one of the best Iíve read in a while. It is suspenseful and fast-paced. It is exciting and sensual. The ending, while it leaves us with a happily ever after, still manages to surprise. I recommend this book for all who love romance which is not for the faint of heart.
Reviewer: Brenda Talley
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