To Woo a Wicked Widow by Jenna Jaxon
Series: The Widow's Club #1
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
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Lady Charlotte Cavendish is still the spirited girl who tried to elope in the name of love. That dream was thwarted by her father who trapped her into a loveless, passionless marriage. But now widowed, Charlotte is free to reenter the giddy world of theton—and pursue her desires. For hardly your typical widow, she remains innocent to the pleasures of the flesh. Yet her life is finally her own, and she intends to keep it that way.
Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham, is beguiled by Charlotte at first sight—and the feeling is mutual. When he receives her intriguing invitation to a house party, the marriage-minded lord plans to further their acquaintance. But even he cannot sway her aversion to matrimony, and only with great restraint does he resist her most tempting offer. For unbeknownst to Charlotte, the misadventures of the past are revisiting them both, and bedding her could cost him everything—or give him everything he ever wanted.
After being in mourning for her husband, Charlotte is excited to be out in society. Her father had forced her into a horrible marriage with one of his peers and now that she’s out from under his thumb she wants to live. Unfortunately it’s right at the end of the season and there’s not a lot of time to get to know any men.
She has other friends whose husbands died at Waterloo or was caused by that battle and Charlotte decides to start the Widow’s Club. They decide that to get to know the men they have their sights on they will hold a house party at Charlotte’s home in Kent. They all invite the men of their choosing but one man invites his friend along when he wasn’t supposed to and the “friend” is a dangerous rake. Charlotte tries to make the best of it but he won’t give up. Who she really has her eye one, Nash, her next door neighbor in Kent, seems to have a tendre for her as well but he’s interested in marriage and Charlotte loves being an independent woman. Can Charlotte and Nash work out their differences with everything else getting in the way?
This was a very cute book. I really enjoyed the writing and the whole premise of the book. Charlotte was a pretty good character and her and Nash were great together.
Charlotte was stubborn and that had gotten her into trouble with her father in the past. Her father was an ogre and wanted to run Charlotte’s life. I loved that she put him in her place once she got a chance to (once she was a widow). I did want her to be a little more forceful with the gentlemen who were making unwanted advances, but she was worried about her reputation. I would have said screw the reputation and slapped the men. Lol Nash was a great guy – we just didn’t get enough page time with him, imho. He played a huge part but mostly the book revolved around the widow’s.
Overall a cute new series. I’m looking forward to reading the next book to see what happens with all of the ladies.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5