Friday, July 27, 2012

A Scandalous Affair (The Merry Widows #3) by Karen Erickson

From the moment Daphne, Lady Pomeroy, meets the mysterious Marquess of Hartwell at a masquerade ball, she’s determined to seduce him. The handsome, charming man cannot possibly be the cold, calculating lord who Society calls “Black Hart.” Risking everything, the lonely widow invites the elusive Hartwell to her dinner party . . . for two.

Hartwell’s arrogant reputation is built on a lie. For he has a shameful secret that keeps him in the shadows: a stutter—his downfall since childhood. He’d rather keep his mouth shut than look the fool. But he’s shocked to discover that in Daphne’s company—and in her bed—his stutter vanishes.

After one wanton evening together, Daphne is hurt when the lord lives up to his Black Hart name. Yet his reasons for leaving surprise even him. Now he must confess everything or risk losing Daphne forever…

4.5/5 stars

My one biggest complaint with this book is it was way to short! I really wanted to read more about the two MCs. It isn't very often you get to read a romance where one of the MCs have some sort of affliction or disability, most times they're perfect. This book had a character with a stuttering problem which he thinks makes him look like a fool in social settings. That changes when he meets the beautiful Daphne. Around her he is different and is amazed his stutter vanishes. The two start a dance of seduction that leads to much more. Julia and Garrett make a very small appearance in this book too, which is always great to see past couples. If you'd like to read a fast historical romances this is a definite must. Actually the whole series is pretty good. Looking forward to more books in this series, hopefully.

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