One Whisper Away

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One Whisper Away

Ladies in Waiting,#1

One Whisper Away by Emma Wildes is the first of her Ladies in Waiting series and features the delightfully unconventional Earl of Augustine, Jonathan Bourne, and Lady Cecily Francis, younger daughter of the Duke of Eddington.  A chance encounter at a ball marks the onset of the risque relationship that begins to develop between the brash and self-assured Jonathan and the sheltered but inquisitive Cecily.  His mixed heritage marks him as somewhat of an outsider in both his native America and his father’s homeland of England but he has come to settle his recently deceased father’s affairs and deal with his inheritance.  An illegitimate young daughter, three half-sisters that he is only slightly acquainted with and a fortune that establishes him as prey for those who are willing to ignore his barbaric background and half-breed status all complicate his life even before Lady Cecily shocks him with an astonishing proposal.  Jonathan’s eldest half-sister has her own ostracism from polite society to deal with and Cecily is being pursued by the very gentleman her beloved sister is enamored of therefore there are plenty of obstacles for the charismatic and sensual Earl of Augustine to overcome.  The biggest decision he must face is what his ultimate goal is and what role will Cecily have in his future.

Another lushly romantic and delightfully sensuous romance featuring engaging and well-developed characters.  Adeptly juggling several secondary storylines, Ms. Wildes immediately captures the reader’s attention and vividly describes the sharply contrasting staid society with its strict mores and its sometimes hypocritical members who are not above engaging in reprehensible activities.  Strong female characters who are a match for the deliciously virile men in their lives make this another wonderful read.  Hopefully there will be many more in the series.

Book Blurb for One Whisper Away

Lady Cecily Francis has resigned herself to becoming the wife of Lord Drury. But upon her first scandalous encounter with the exotic Earl of Augustine, Ccily is left intrigues and excited...

Known as Earl Savage, the Earl of Augustine is half American and half Iroquois. He can't wait to return to his native soil-until the charming Lady Cecily has him considering a prolonged stay...

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2011 4.75