I really enjoyed this book and thought the characters and storyline were refreshing. Carolyn is a widow and has been mourning ever since she lost her husband. It is only recently, with Sarah’s coaxing, that she’s come back to Society and started attending to ball and soirees. As soon as Daniel heard that Carolyn was back in Society, he parted with his mistress and plans on seducing Carolyn. See, Daniel has been attracted to Carolyn ever since he laid eyes on her, but never had an opportunity to court her because her husband was his friend. However, all bets are off now and Daniel is determined to have an affair with her.
What distinguishes Carolyn from most widows is that she truly loved her husband and the couple was devoted to each other. There was no big, hidden secret haunting Carolyn. Even more refreshing: she is no longer a virgin! Alleluiah! LOL 😛 Not only did she have sex with her husband, but she enjoyed it and missed it! I mean, talk about refreshing, right? 😛 As for Daniel, he was an interesting hero. He’s handsome and satisfies his sexual appetite with his mistresses, but doesn’t have the rake reputation. He’s wealthy, isn’t looking for marriage or heir yet… In short, he’s simply an aristocrat seducing a woman he’s wanted for 10 years; however, to our surprise and delight, Daniel has more depth than we’d expected.
There wasn’t much I didn’t like about the hero and heroine and for once, in a historical romance, I felt like they were real people. I also liked the flow of the story; all the scenes brought something to the book or to their relationship. Even the mystery plot fit well in the storyline. There were also some laughs, thanks to Daniel’s household, but as a whole, it wasn’t as funny as Sleepless at Midnight. Again, the book focused more on the H/H which was a good decision. It’s fun to see two persons engage in an affair, with the promise that when they get bored, they’ll part. They spent times together and got to know each other, in and out of bed. Seriously, I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the book, but I guess that sometimes, it’s worth to make your book and storyline simple, like Ms D’Alessandro did.
4.5 out of 5