|Adrian Hughes is on the trail of a rogue magician when he arrives at the home of Sir Dennison. His best friend, James Treadway, is to be betrothed to the middle daughter of the house despite his preference for the elder widowed daughter. Though Adrian is undeniably attracted to Margaret the prospective bride, the rogue magician is his immediate worry. Margaret is a very reluctant bride, very aware of Treadway’s attraction to her sister and contempt for her. When the couple travels to Camelot the marriage goes from bad to worse and with the arrival of other two sisters magical holes appear all over town. Adrian has to fight his attraction to his former friend’s wife, overlook his rakish and perverse adventures all over town, and find the rogue magician before irreparable harm occurs.
I really enjoyed my second trip to Ms. Marr’s Arthurian Regency. Adrian and Margaret are great characters, both very honorable. Margaret is wonderfully able to stand up for herself, as is the younger sister Emma. I really disliked the selfish and amoral elder sister, who would have been an almost perfect match for the truly horrible Treadway, who thinks nothing of setting up a twelve year old mistress. I loved the new and interesting take of life in the ton with a magical twist. The author has a wonderfully descriptive style, especially evident in her description of the house in Mount Street and Margaret’s redecoration of the library; I could picture everything and everyone clearly. Mrs. Sylvester is a great character and Emma’s magical experiments are very exciting.
Reviewer: Maura Frankman
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