‘Scandal at the Midsummer Ball’ Anthology

satmb mk bsSTORY: Two forbidden relationships…one house party to remember! 

THE OFFICER’S TEMPTATION by Marguerite Kaye

Colonel Fergus Kennedy must make a suitable match at the Midsummer Ball. But when this officer encounters sultry acrobat Katerina Vengarov, he finds himself torn between duty…and heart-stopping, irresistible passion!

THE DEBUTANTE’S AWAKENING by Bronwyn Scott

Kael Gage is the last person at the Midsummer Ball Miss Zara Titus should speak to—and anything more is definitely off-limits! But the notorious rake seems determined to awaken this innocent debutante’s every desire…

REVIEW: The Officer’s Temptation – Marguerite Kaye

Brockmoore Manor House Party – June 1817

The Duke and Duchess of Brockmoore are hosting their annual summer house party for some of their friends. This party is primarily meant for making good marriage matches among the highly eligible attendees.

One attendee, Colonel Fergus Kennedy of the Ninety Second Regiment of Foot, is finding the weather to be quite warm. Sir Timothy Farthingale introduces himself to Fergus and proceeds to tell him more about the other guests. One lady in particular has caught Fergus’s eye. Lady Verity Fairholme, a lovely young woman, is the niece of the Duke of Brockmoore. As he observes her, Fergus realizes that she would make a great wife should he accept a diplomatic posting to Egypt as requested by Wellington. But when he is introduced to her, he is taken aback at her indifference to him.

Adventuring outside for some cool air, Fergus comes upon Miss Katerina Vengarov practicing her tightrope walking. She and her brother, Alexandr, are the Flying Vengarovs from Russia. They have been hired to entertain the guests at the party. After some great conversations, they begin a friendship which soon turns to passion. But how can two people of such different statuses be together?

The Duke is pressuring his niece, Verity, to show interest in Fergus and they are both stumped as to why she doesn’t. Finally, Verity honestly tells Fergus that he appears to be a nice man but she absolutely does not want to live in Egypt.

Fergus is satisfied and relieved with Verity’s honesty for he has found himself in love with Katerina. They soon find a solution that will allow them to be together.

REVIEW: The Debutante’s Awakening – Bronwyn Scott

Brockmoore Manor House Party – June 1817

Miss Zara Titus is attending the house party hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Brockmoore. Her fiance, Viscount Haymore, has just broken off their long standing betrothal. It seems he found someone he truly loves. Since her betrothal to Viscount Haymore had been made by their parents when they were very young, she has not had a chance to get to know many other men. Now, she finds herself as simply a three-season debutante. Zara’s mother, Viscountess Aberforth, is pressuring her to find a husband and soon, but she wants the freedom to just be herself for awhile. She is determined to fight her mother’s demands.
Zara soon spies a very handsome man across the room and using her fan, lets him know she would like to meet him.

Kael Gage is not a wealthy man. The grandson of an earl, he owns a small horse farm that generates a good income for himself. Not necessarily in the market for a wife, he is still enjoying the house party. When Zara and Kael meet, sparks fly and he thinks to seduce her. But she is determined to not let him best her so she spars with him which leads to some stolen intimate moments.

When Zara’s mother becomes aware of her attraction to Kael, she is livid and tells Zara some evil things about Kael that make her wonder if it is the truth or not?

Can these two overcome the obstacles put in their path to love?

These are both cleverly written novellas which includes lots of fun that the attendees have at the party. I only wish I had been invited!

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the authors

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