|Lord Nathan Wynter was a rake above all others; his reputation was so scandalous that his family had almost disowned him. When he rendezvous with the widow, Mrs. Jane Sharpes, his reputation just skyrocketed! The other extreme was personified in Lady Iona Newbury, oldest daughter of the Duke of Newbury. A few years ago, Nathan and Iona had been close friends; now, with her circumstances rapidly changing, Iona turned to Nathan for help.
The Duke of Newbury had decided that, after six seasons with the ton, it was past time for Iona to marry; since he had no male child, his nephew, Bryon Lovington, would inherit his title and fortune. That situation prompted the Duke to betroth Iona to Bryon. Iona, felt that she deserved to decide herself whether or not she would marry; since she was so involved with her drawings and desired to sculpt, she was opposed to marriage. The more she tried to plead with her father, the more adamant he became. Because of this, Iona made arrangements with Lord Nathan to teach her some of the tricks he knew that insured his reputation as a rake.
There are so many people involved in this detailed novel; however, there is no confusion concerning the part played be each. The plot is fresh and adventuresome and each sister, brother, parent, friend and servant were a tribute to this wonderful story of confusion! The more Iona and Nathan experienced together, the more involved the events became! Each time Nathan did anything, it was perceived as scandalous; Lady Iona had the sympathy of the entire ton because, since she was known as the malleable child, it was never expected that she had anything to do with the outrage!
This is a meticulous novel in which Ms. Dorothy McFalls showed her vast talent in the expansion of this book. I literally could not put it down. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who loves regency romance. This book will go well on your “keeper” list!
Reviewer: Brenda Talley
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