STORY: After spending his youth as one of the wildest rakes in the ton, Lord Denys Somerton has devoted the past six years to putting his past behind him. He is determined to fulfill his duties, find a suitable wife, and start a family, but that plan changes when Lola Valentine—the red-haired temptress from his past—returns to London, sparking the same irresistible desires that almost ruined his life once before.
Lola is a woman with no romantic illusions. She knew love would never be enough for a British lord and an American girl from the wrong side of the tracks. For Denys’s sake, she walked away from him and the glittering life he offered. But when an unexpected inheritance brings her back to London, Lola discovers the passion between them is as hot as ever. Can they vanquish it, or will it burn out of control again and destroy them both?
Earl Conyers is reading a letter at breakfast which proves to be shocking to him, the news of which he chooses to keep to himself. The Earl and his wife have a son, Denys, age 32, and a daughter, Susan. Denys mother is trying to match him up with Georgiana Prescott, age 28.
The Earl has just learned that Henry Latham has died. Now that Latham has died, Denys is considering buying his half of The Imperial Theater but his father tries to talk him out of it as he thinks they should sell their half of it. However, his father bows to Deny’s decision.
Denys was once in love with Lola Valentine. She was a cabaret dancer he met years ago in Paris. He was in love with her but she dumped him and left with Henry Latham for a career in New York. Denys has put all of this behind him now and is a very successful businessman and head of the Conyers Investment Group. Upon entering his office, he is shocked to be greeted by Lola Valentine. Seeing her again brings back many memories, but his reaction at seeing her is cold and he wants nothing to do with her. However, Henry’s will made her his partner in the Imperial. Denys is not happy about this and Lola does feel bad knowing she hurt him in the past.
Henry Latham was an American who became good friends with the Conyers family. He was a very popular man with many English citizens. Denys had counted him as a very good friend at one time. This is until Lola left Denys for Latham. But the relationship between Latham and Lola was very different and special. He saw the talent potential in her and wanted her to pursue it. She was not his mistress. But to Denys, she is a faithless harlot. Thus, their partnership is destined to be filled with bickering and disagreements. No matter how much they argue, they are drawn to one another.
When Lola auditions for a small role in a play at the theater, she wins it plus the understudy part to the lead. From there, she proves her talent and Denys is drawn to her.
Can they put aside the hurts of the past and reignite their love for one another?
This story was interesting but there was way too much Shakespeare thrown into it. If you are a fan of it and are familiar with the plays and the characters, I’m sure this book is for you.
Connie for b2b