STORY: After six unsuccessful Seasons, Miss Minerva Dodger chooses spinsterhood over fortune-hungry suitors. But thanks to the Nightingale Club, she can at least enjoy one night of pleasure. At that notorious establishment, ladies don masks before choosing a lover. The sinfully handsome Duke of Ashebury is more than willing to satisfy the secretive lady’s desires—and draws Minerva into an exquisite, increasingly intimate affair.
A man of remarkable talents, Ashe soon deduces that his bedmate is the unconventional Miss Dodger. Intrigued by her wit and daring, he sets out to woo her in earnest. Yet Minerva refuses to trust him. How to court a woman he has already thoroughly seduced? And how to prove that the passion unleashed in darkness is only the beginning of a lifetime’s pleasure?
REVIEW: I am a huge fan of this author. I mean HUGE! I honestly don’t think that I have read any of her many books she’s written, that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. She can write a western, regency or Victorian story with such detail that it never fails to suck me in.
And as for the characters? Well, they are as diverse and real, you may as well be able to converse with them.
This is a first story in a series about four boys who grew up fatherless. Even though the guardian to them all, the Marquess of Marsden who wasn’t really capable of taking good care of himself, let alone four growing boys, was a father to one of those boys, they were basically left to themselves.
Our hero Nicholson Lambert, Duke of Ashebury, the Earl of Grayling and his twin brother, and the marquess’ son were known in society as the Hellions of Havisham. All four are very complex characters and I liked them all.
I also thought that Minerva, the heroine from this story, was as real as a fictional character can be. She had flaws, yet she was strong and knew what she wanted out of life.
This was truly a wonderfully entertaining story and I hope you give it a go.
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher