Collette Cameron delights with this short and sweet Regency romance. "Her Scandalous Wish" is a beautifully romantic if somewhat sad story, but I enjoyed it immensely. Philomena Pomfrett and Bradford, Viscount Kingsley have a history and because they do it helped the story jump right along. In fact it felt as if the story itself just flew by and I could hardly believe when I was on the last page as I'd been so involved in what was happening.
Bradford’s aunt was such a delight. I don’t believe the smile left my face whenever she was present in a scene. Her honesty was refreshing and amusing. I’d like to read Bradford’s sister’s story, especially if their aunt is present. Philomena’s brother made my heart weep. His love for his sister and his commitment in wanting her taken care of was absolutely beautiful. Seeing his determination made me want things settled to ease his mind.
If you are looking for a lovely historical story this is a great one to pick up.
The Story: Philomena Pomfret needs to find a husband, if only to please her brother. However her choices are limited by her lack of fortune and connections as well as the scars she has which have turned suitors away in the past. Bradford is amazed to come across Philomena and he plans to never leave her again. But can he convince her of that?
A marriage offer obligated by duty--an acceptance compelled by desperation.
Her Scandalous Wish
Scarred from a fire, at two-and-twenty, Philomena Pomfrett is resigned to spinsterhood. But to ease her dying brother’s fretting, she reluctantly agrees to attend a London Season to acquire a husband. If she fails, when he dies, with no family and no money, her future is perilous. Betrayed once, Philomena entertains no notions of a love-match.
Newly titled, Bradford, Viscount Kingsley, returns to England after a three-year absence. When he stumbles upon Philomena hiding in a secluded arbor during a ball, believing she died in a fire he doesn't recognize his first love. Yet something about her enthralls him, and he steals a moonlit kiss. Caught in the act by Philomena’s brother, Bradford is issued an ultimatum—a duel or marry Philomena.
Bradford offers marriage, but Philomena rejects his half-hearted proposal, convinced he’d grow to despise her. Then her brother collapses, and she’s faced with marrying a man who deserted her once already.
Caution: This Regency historical romance contains a jaded lord whom the ladies adore, a scarred spinster, willing to sacrifice everything for her dying brother, a feisty, portly cat, and an audacious aunt who say precisely what she thinks.