Sometimes It Takes a Scandal…
Abigail Weston has everything: beauty, wit, and one of the largest dowries in England. Her parents hope she’ll wed an earl. Abigail hopes for a man who wants her desperately and passionately. But the money seems to blind every man she meets—except one.
Sebastian Vane has nothing. He came home from war with a shattered leg to find his father mad and his inheritance gone. He’s not a fit suitor for anyone, let alone an heiress. But Abigail lights up his world like a comet, bright and beautiful and able to see him instead of his ruined reputation. And it might end happily ever after…
To Reveal Your Heart’s Desire
…Until Benedict Lennox begins courting Abigail. Ben is everything Sebastian isn’t—wealthy, charming, heir to an earl. Sebastian won’t give up the only girl he’s ever loved without a fight, but Abigail must choose between the penniless gentleman who moves her heart, and the suitor who is everything her parents want.
This book was deliciously steamy. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was that there was a lot of foreplay before Abigail and Sebastian actually fell into bed together. The references to 50 Ways To Play added perfectly to the sexual tension, and I still dearly love Penelope and her “addiction” to the series.
I especially loved the grotto, with both with its history and its lush descriptions, and Sebastian and Abigail being able to use it as a secret that only they shared was lovely.
As many of my readers probably know by now, I’m a complete sucker for a hero with a physical disability, and so Sebastian’s limp went a long way towards endearing him to me. Add to that the wonderful scandal that followed Sebastian, and I was hooked. I especially enjoyed all of the little details like the shopkeepers in town treating him poorly, all the way up to [spoiler]Abigail’s own father postulating that Sebastian really had stolen money from Ben’s father.[/spoiler]
I figured out the truth behind the theft rather early on, but I did enjoy the “reveal” so to speak, and more than that I loved the ending.
The ending was heartbreaking and beautiful. I would love to say more, but it would be a spoiler, so suffice it to say that the story is very neatly tied up in ways that will break your heart.
The only real thing that didn’t appeal to me was actually something that I should have known going into this story — that there is a bit of a love triangle. Somehow I missed it in the blurb when I first read it and was a bit taken aback by the fact that Abigail had another man vying for her affections. In general, I don’t care for love triangles because I don’t like to see someone “lose” in the game of courtship (unless they’re a villain, of course), and while Ben was certainly an arse at times, he certainly never qualified as truly villainous.
Overall, this was a delicious read. Sexy and funny, yet balanced with just the right amount of turmoil and angst to keep things interesting, it is now firmly on my Keeper Shelf.
A very solid 4/5 Stars