A Secret Disgrace

Penny Jordan
Contemporary romance
Available from Harlequin
ISBN: 9780373238354
May 2012

Louise had no choice but to ask permission to bury her grandparents' ashes in the land of their birth. Unfortunately, that permission needed to come a from the duke, a man whom she'd never wanted to see again. Caesar Falconari had been her first love. When their scandalous relationship was discovered, he left her to deal with the shame and humiliation that followed. She carried a secret that couldn't stay hidden and will force Caesar to make decisions that will change both their lives forever.

Before my review, I'd like to add a short personal note on the passing of Ms. Jordan. She died last December and this is her last work. Her books were my first introduction to romance stories. I was a serious student and a hardcore sci/fi fan. My mom, on the other hand, was a romance addict. She handed me Falcon's Prey by Penny Jordan and told me to "lighten up" during the summer after graduation. I was hooked and over the next thirty years Penny Jordan books would be my secret escape. She will be sorely missed.

This story is more about angst and regret than any particular obstacle. Both Caesar and Louise carry a lot of pain and sorrow. Ms. Jordan has allowed the reader to feel those emotions with the characters. I liked that both points of view were presented and that I can experience the same moment through both pairs of eyes. Although there is sexual tension, it doesn't overshadow the shame that Louise had suffered or the guilt that plagues Caesar. It feels so much more real. Much of the action in this story takes place inside the characters' heads. Caesar and Louise have so much to overcome. The choices they make lead to a very moving and emotional ending. Very nice read.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Mildly sensual

Reviewer: Susan P.
July 25, 2012

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