Mary Balogh pens another emotional and mature tale in this beautiful Regency romance. Viola Kingsley and Marcel Lamarr are two of the most emotionally exposed characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to read about. I absolutely loved every word of their story. I enjoyed the fact that even as a dedicated ladies man he found the older Viola to be beautiful. He found her even more attractive than he had years ago. I felt as if I was exactly where they were in the moment, as if I too were giving in to an overwhelming impulse. What I enjoyed even more was the consequences that came from that impulse. Meeting their respective families after seeing them through Miss Kingsley’s and Mr. Lamarr’s eyes was enlightening. I loved this adventure and how it had me crying at parts, laughing at others, groaning at some and downright frustrated at a few as well. The variety of settings were lovely and peaked my interest almost as much as all the entertaining characters. I cannot wait to see what else can happen to all these people because. I just know there are more wonderful stories to come.
The Story: When he was plain Mr. Lamarr the Marquess of Dorchester knew Viola Kingsley. She was the Countess of Riverdale. He was instantly enthralled but now years later they have come across each other unexpectedly. They impulsively run away together. Can their past, tied together with their present, give them the future they deserve?
Once the Countess of Riverdale, Viola Kingsley throws all caution to the wind when adventure calls in the form of a handsome aristocrat. . . .
Two years after the death of the Earl of Riverdale, his family has overcome the shame of being stripped of their titles and fortune--except for his onetime countess, Viola. With her children grown and herself no longer part of the social whirl of the ton, she is uncertain where to look for happiness--until quite by accident her path crosses once again with that of the Marquess of Dorchester, Marcel Lamarr.
Marcel Lamarr has been a notorious womanizer since the death of his wife nearly twenty years earlier. Viola caught his eye when she herself was a young mother, but she evaded his seduction at the time. A prize that eluded him before, she is all the more irresistible to him now although he is surprised to discover that she is as eager now for the excitement he offers as he is himself.
When the two defy convention and run away together, they discover that the ties of respectability are not so easily severed, and pleasure can ensnare you when you least expect it. . . .