Can A Scandalous Beginning...
Janice Sherwood wants to marry for love, but she’s failed to make a match after two Seasons. Her parents, the Marquess and Marchioness of Brady, arrange to send her to the Duke of Halsey’s country estate as a short-term guest of his grandmother, the dowager, in hopes that she might win the duke’s affections. What they never could have imagined is that Janice would fall for the ruggedly handsome servant, Luke, who lives in the stables and carries an air of mystery and temptation.
Lead To A Fairy-Tale Ending?
When Luke Callahan learns that he is the legitimate heir to a dukedom, he will stop at nothing to claim what is his. But first, he must begin a game of disguise to secure his rightful inheritance. Janice isn’t part of his plan. But by engaging her in this dance of deception, might he lose her forever?
We once again meet the Sherwood family. Lady Marcia has had her happy ending and Gregory has found the love his life. Janice has been out for two seasons, but has yet to make a match. Could her past be affecting her potential or is it her? Janie is sent off to visit the aging Duchess of Halsey, with hopes of maybe catching the eye of her handsome grandson the Duke?
Janice isn’t prepared for the Halsey household. Lay-about rascals and women who just seem to hang about. The dowager has been tucked away in the far reaches of the estate and isn’t at all what she expected. Flipping between the dowager and an alternate personality of the Queen – Janice isn’t sure at first who she’s speaking with! Both wish Janice to entice the Duke into marriage – but does she really want a marriage without love?
This one of those great giggle/sigh type romance novels that I adore. You have moments where the hero or heroine make you laugh with their antics, or even the villain gets you chuckling with the plot we all know won’t work out. You have that ‘sigh’ moment when the hero realizes what a dumbass he’s been and does everything in his power to move mountains to win his lady love. Who doesn’t love those kinds of books?
Janice isn’t the weak biddable girl who falls in line for the Duke. She stands up to him, especially when it comes to the dowager. Her happy ending takes some work for both her and her hero – but as always it works out in the end!
Would I read more by this author? Oh yes, Kieran is easily one of my favorite authors. I’ve adored her writing since the moment I picked up When Harry Met Molly a few years ago. Would I recommend this author? In a heartbeat! If you love Julia Quinn, Vicky Dreiling – you will adore Kieran’s writing style. I would snap up any of her books without a second thought. I’ve yet to find one I didn’t love.