- Heather Boyd
- Release Date
- March 2014
- Book 4 of Distinguished Rogues
London's ballrooms and bedrooms thrive on scandal and decadent pleasure and the summer of 1814 will be no exception for the fourth Distinguished Rogue in Heather Boyd's regency romances series.
Widowed beauty, Arabella Lawson, Lady Farnsworth, knows the value of independence after being trapped in a marriage that left her unfulfilled. Although she longs for a lover at last, she's expected to chaperone her flirtatious niece during her first season. However, given the way the girl keeps disappearing every chance she gets, there is little hope of a good or speedy result. While searching for her charge yet again, she blunders into one of Lord Rothwell's scandalous assignations. This time it's Arabella's turn to be on the receiving end of his hungry kisses, and she's far from prepared to make the most of the opportunity.
Gossip may paint Merrick Bishop, the Earl of Rothwell, as a notorious scoundrel when it comes to women, but this season his intentions are honorable. Duty bound to marry, he's determined to discreetly court an open-minded bride and prove the gossipmongers wrong by being on his very best behaviorů until in his frustration, he mistakenly kisses the wrong lady and discovers that everything about the encounter feels so very right. Merrick never once believed he had a chance with shy Arabella, and when the unthinkable happens, she turns to him not for an affair or hopes of marriage but for his friendship and protection from her own family.
Can a rogue with a reputation for breaking hearts convince a widow who only hopes for an affair that their feelings are not only the stirrings of desire but the beginnings of the deepest and truest love?
Apr 08, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
154 people found the following review helpful
In AN ACCIDENTAL AFFAIR, author Heather Boyd shows what happens when a prim and proper lady aching for seduction catches the eye of an experienced seducer.
When Arabella Lawson, Lady Farnsworth, agrees to serve as a chaperone for her niece, it gives her the perfect opportunity to put her plan in place. She may be widowed, but there is one benefit of marriage that she hasn't yet experienced. In true Regency fashion, Lady Farnsworth is hunting for a lover.
However, she didn't realize that she would be constantly trying to keep her niece out of trouble, nor did she plan to end up in the arms of Merrick Bishop, Earl of Rothwell. Meanwhile, the earl is on the hunt for a wife, yet the seasoned rake finds himself fascinated by the lovely Lady Farnsworth.
Of all the adjectives available to describe Heather Boyd's writing style, perhaps the best choice is "fresh." She has taken the London marriage mart and infused it with energy by introducing a main character like Arabella.
In keeping with the Regency theme, the heat factor is less explicit. However, it is well integrated into the storyline. Thanks to the writer's attention to detail, it would be easy to imagine the birth of a series featuring Rothwell's family. Aunt Pen makes a formidable character, as does the absent Duke of Rutherford with his special marriage licenses.
This is a relatively quick read that is perfect for a weekend. Take an innocent widow lady ready for seduction and put her on a collision course with a marriage-minded reformed rake. Watch as the drama unfolds.
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