I don’t read many Regency novels, there are a lot of writers writing in this genre and a lot of these type of romances aren’t particularly well written. They are often littered with Americanisms that no English person uses in present day speech never mind in the early 1800’s.
I have to say that this novel was a delightful surprise. I never could resist the idea of a masked ball and neither can Maggie, the main character. Maggie, an American heiress married her handsome Englishman, not expecting the ‘I dos’ to lead to true love nor to be promptly abandoned and left a wife in name only. Simon is more than the bad guy he appears to be, having married to secure Maggie’s fortune and never having the intention of giving either of them a chance at a real marriage.
The superb characterisation allows Simon to redeem himself both to Maggie and the reader. As a blatant fortune hunter, the reader should revile him but that is not the case. The author avoids the cliché of making Maggie either a brash American caricature or a weak timid victim.
There are plenty of twists in the plot which were unexpected and add further depth to the novel. I really enjoyed this novel, the romance in it and the writing. I will look out for Ms. Scott’s other books.
This book is being re-issued.
Abandoned by her husband on their wedding night, Maggie, the Marchioness of Sandhurst, longs for a raging passion to free her from her lonely life. A devastatingly handsome stranger at a masque ball promises just the sort of distraction she craves. But after a night of scorching lovemaking, she wakes to find him gone.
Simon, the Marquis of Sandhurst, is horrified to discover the masked siren he bedded is his wife, a woman he vowed to never touch. He shouldn’t want Maggie, but can’t resist her now that she’s been in his arms.
As the truth unravels, husband and wife are estranged no longer, spending their days and nights exploring the desire burning hot between them. But when Simon’s past comes back to haunt them both, their newfound happiness could be forever dashed.