Forever a Lady

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Forever a Lady

I came across Forever a Lady in a Portland bookstore when the author, Delilah Marvelle, was there to promote her latest work. She had a historical dress demonstration that gave me an assurance that she knew her facts and her historical novel would be historically accurate. She also read from the beginning of chapter one and used entertaining character voices. Even though you won’t have the benefit of hearing her voices when you read this book, you will still be hooked. Besides being a great story, this novel also has the benefit of great timing. If you enjoy “Cooper” on BBC America, a historical show about a sexy guy trying to bring law to the worst part of town, this book is a great extension to that genre and enjoyable to read while you are waiting for the next episode.

Matthew Hilton has patch on eye and a grudge on his shoulder from the loss of his family’s wealth. Forced to reside in the worst part of town, he finds solace in forming a band of brothers to bring justice to people who are ignored by society. Lady Bernadette just wants to be ignored and not chased by men seeking her fortune left to her by her late husband. Forced to change her name and flee the country, she only wants one thing from the man she sees as a sexy pirate. Too bad, he wants to reclaim his honor and secure her heart, not her money. The only reason why I didn't score this novel higher is that I was looking forward to a big showdown between the hero and the main villain, who I detested from his introduction scene but instead the villain got a version of payback from another source and a form of redemption from the hero. Still this is a great novel by Delilah Marvelle.

Book Blurb for Forever a Lady


Lady Bernadette Marie Burton  may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hoards of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn't be more vile...or dangerous. So when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in the most unseemly of places: the arms of a mysterious, Irish-American gang leader. 

His fortune stolen, young Matthew Joseph Milton is done playing the respectable gentleman. In the slums of New York, only ruffians thrive. But from the moment he arrives in London and encounters the voluptuous Lady Bernadette, he can't help but wonder about the finer pleasures he's missing. Or just how much he's willing to risk-not only to bed her, but to prove his worth....

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2012 4.00