- New Independence Books
- Release Date
- June 2012
- Book 1 of Scandal in Surrey
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
She wants an affair…Maggie, Lady Parker desires a man, but she's not willing to leave freedom in Surrey to find scandal in London. Widowed for years, she wants to conduct a big enough scandal that a gentleman might come calling merely to see if the rumors about her are true.
He wants a shot at Parliament…Stephen Tarkington is a self-professed rogue but if he had his way, he'd be a philanthropist. The only thing prohibiting his dream is his lack of sponsorship for a spot in Parliament. Marrying Lady Parker's niece could solve his problem.
Sometimes the heart wants more…Imagine his surprise when he meets the widow and she's not an old bird he can charm. She's vibrant, sharp-tongued and enchanting to boot. Passion flares between them, and Stephen gives up on his plan… in search of a more pleasurable gamble.
Maggie is immediately drawn to the charming, handsome gentleman, but will a simple affair fulfill her needs? A scrape with public scandal will toss them into a situation that may just satisfy both of their secret desires.
Apr 29, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
81 people found the following review helpful
I was swept along with this story and the characters' grand affair and passions. It is a lively love story but starts off very carnal.
Lady Margaret Parker's niece Amanda travels to have her come out in Surrey. She is accompanied by her sleeping nanny Beatrice and Mister Stephen Tarkington to Maggie's estate. He came to court Amanda but she is spoiled and young, so he is not happy with the prospect.
Amanda told him her aunt was old and she would inherit her money. He wants someone to sponsor him in Parliament. He expects to meet an old woman so imagine his surprise when Maggie is the aunt, because Maggie is beautiful and scandalous.
He falls under Maggie's spell almost immediately, and Amanda became jealous of her aunt. Stephen starts the seduction almost within minutes of meeting Maggie. He finds in Maggie all he could hope for. He falls for her hard but will she love him?
The characters are full-bodied and well-developed. Maggie is passionate, scandalous, stubborn and strong-willed, while Stephen is a rogue in every way and both are sure they will not fall in love.
I liked the story but I felt the story lacked some substance. I would have liked to understand more of the characters' motivations and know the people a little more intimately.
I don't think this is Regency in the real sense of the word because the liberties taken were a little too coarse for this time period. I understand the author gave a disclaimer but it did not prepare me for the difference I felt in the fabric of the story.
However, it is a delightful romp into erotic romance. I give it four stars out of five and look forward to more of the author's works.
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