When Hal Kellington sees a respectable reform worker with the stockings of a courtesan, he’s intrigued. When his friend wagers he cannot kiss the chit, he’s challenged. And when he gets to know the spirited American, he realizes the stakes are higher than he could possibly imagine.
Since arriving in England to live with her uncle and aunt, Melanie Sutton has been working to help London prostitutes start new lives in America. When they begin disappearing, she accepts the help of a notorious rake to track them down. But she soon discovers that resisting temptation is much easier preached than practiced.
REVIEW: Awhile back I was approached by Maureen Driscoll to read her first self-published Historical regency novel, and as most of you know by now, I have great admiration for self-published authors [which is not to say that any of the other authors are lacking in my admiration], so I jumped at a chance to do it.
Her first book, ‘Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid’ was the one that totally hooked me on the Kellington family and after reading the subsequent ‘Never Miss a Chance’ [the second Kellington book], and ‘Never Wager against Love’ [the third one], I wondered what she had in store for Hal, the youngest brother. Well, I wonder no more!
Hal is one of those rake’s that’s more a scoundrel who hides his pain and heartbreak behind a façade of the charmers smile, a healthy sexual appetite and a copious amount of drink, not necessarily in that order. His family loves him and every one of them would do anything to help him, yet they do realize that Hal himself would have to want their help in order for his life to take another turn.
None of them, including Hal himself, would even dream about that ‘the turn’ would walk into his life by way of a very smart, witty and most forward thinking young woman by the name of Melanie Sutton.
Mel was orphaned at ten and went to live with her maternal aunt, but when that aunt passed away nine years later, her uncle, the Earl of Heffner and his wife were happy to take her in and introduce her to English Society. Mel, a free thinking American and Quaker educated, wasn’t so much impressed with the ton and she was restless until she met a reformer by the name of Mrs. Seton. This woman, albeit a bit harsh and at times full of herself, gave our heroine some purpose in life and made her life worthwhile. She never dreamt that she would meet someone like Hal and against all odds, help him find his.
Ms. Driscoll starts off this tale with a scene of Hal and his friend Francis in a brothel…and multiple partners! Holy cow! Get yourself a fan!
As all her other books, Ms. Driscoll gives her all in giving us another tale of happily-ever-after. I truly admired the character of Mel, but I just couldn’t help but fall in love with Hal. I am such a sucker for the fallen angels!
If you haven’t yet read Ms. Driscoll’s books, you are missing on a wonderful family dynamic she created with Kellingtons, and I am waiting with abated breath for Liam’s story as it promises to be one of those heartbreaking love stories I adore.
ARC provided by the author