- New Independence Books
- Release Date
- June 2013
- Book 3 of Scandal in Surrey
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Ménage or more
She wants a slower pace… Miranda Ellis Mason Craythorne is three times a widow. Some say bad luck has dogged her steps; she rather thinks it's just life, yet the rumors sting. She's long left her wild youth behind and now lives at her country estate, content to play matchmaker. Seeing John sets fire to the tendre she's carried for him and causes her to rethink remaining in widowhood even though avoiding matrimony is for his own good.
He wants to settle down… Mr. John Goddard has admired Miranda from afar for years, but their timing has never been right. As a Bow Street Runner-turned-private investigator, he knows mortality has an expiration date. What better woman to start a family with than the one he's held a torch for? But his penchant for the occasional ménage might sour the plans.
He wants the next exciting game… Richard Howick, who is rarely on home soil, is a spy who wants nothing more than the next adventure. He's giving life a merry chase and has no plans to domesticate. He's too much of a rake not to take pleasure when it's offered, and the opportunity to play the occasional third thrills him.
Life presents an unorthodox chance…While rumors abound and scandal nips at their heels, between the three, desire explodes. If their luck holds, they might just find love in the mix.
Dec 04, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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Sex and Sensuality
Mr. John Goddard fell in love with Miranda Ellis Mason Craythorne years ago but had to return to his job as a Bow Street Runner before he could secure their love. She married his best friend after he left and he waited for her to be single again, but she remarried too quickly again.
Miranda fell for John at their last meeting years ago but married hurriedly when he left her for his job. He didn't come to her when she again became a widow and she remarried again, still thinking about him. After years of wondering what it would be like to be with him, he finally shows up at her request. She thought to match him with her cousin, but when she sees him, she realizes her feelings are still engaged with him.
Richard Howick is a friend of John's that knows all about John's infatuation with the red-tipped golden-haired widow. He's heard about John's great love for her and fell in love with her from John's ravings of her.
The problem is they both want her. They devise a plan whereby they can both have her. The next problem is to convince her of their solution.
This story is supposed to take place in Regency England and although the author gives you an explanation that she used poetic license with her work in this time frame, it is still hard for me to believe this setting. I love Regency romance, but the promiscuousness in this story is just hard to believe.
I realize that Society throws them out and she has nosy neighbors and a rotten butler, but the story just felt more humorous than real. I did enjoy the characters but I love a story I can believe in, even if it has vampires or shapeshifters. In here, the ménage just didn't feel right to me.
I wanted it to have more plot and the substance of the other characters to have more flesh. They just seemed unreal.
However, the story was entertaining and the main characters had their own personalities. You found yourself rooting for John and then for Richard. Miranda was just very wishy-washy. She couldn't make up her mind for trying.
I detested the butler and her neighbors but they were comical. I digress.
The long and the short is this: It was an interesting read but essentially not of Regency fabric. The effect was lost on me.
I gave the author four stars for an interesting sexual stomp through a historical period. As I said before, sexual and sensual erotic stomp. The author had a new way to define Regency that I never thought of before. I'm sure some will find it totally tittalating!
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