In Victorian England, an Earl and his two brothers own and run a successful gambling hell, The Rose Room. Unbeknownst to most of London, they also accept assignments for matters sensitive to the Crown.
The Earl of Huntington (Hunt) is a silent partner in a successful gambling hell run by his two brothers. A well-respected member of the ton, he moves about in Society as an unknown agent for the Crown on its most sensitive matters.
Lady Diana is a long-time friend of Hunt's with the ability to embroil herself in difficult matters that require his assistance. Once again she needs his help, but this situation could be a major scandal if discovered.
Against his better judgment, Hunt agrees to her scheme, but this time the circumstances cause him to see the woman he'd always considered just a friend in a different way. The strong attraction he feels must be squelched since she would never do as his Countess. Scandal follows her every move.
This book was a little slow in the middle but picked up and I truly enjoyed it.
A Scandalous Portrait by Callie Hutton
If you love historical romances mixed with mystery & suspense, you’re going to adore the friends-
to-lovers story of Lady Diana & The Earl of Huntington by Callie Hutton‼️ Diana is a beautiful, independent young woman who inherited her beloved Grandmama’s London townhouse & country estate❣️From childhood to the present, she finds trouble (or it finds her) & inevitably, Hunt has come to her rescue ever since‼️. And when Diana returns from a stay in Italy, she once again seeks Hunt’s assistance - with a more serious dilemma than ever before‼️. Before her trip Diana had posed for a portrait that her late Grandma had requested, but the London artist made a duplicate painting of her & was now bribing her to purchase his version or he would sell it & ruin her reputation‼️😱😡. Get your copy of A Scandalous Portrait, giggle at the various lengths the couple go to retrieve the painting, see how their love grows whether they want it to or not, laugh at their witty banter, & hang on to your seat as they face danger in his clandestine work to solve another mystery & murder for the Crown❤️🙏👏. Callie Hutton deserves my 5-star rating for this hot romance & mystery with a lovely touch of comedy❣️😍🤗. I believe you’ll enjoy & agree! 👍😍.
Deep , rich story.
This book was a good read. Lifelong friends , one needing saving more often than the other realized that they were meant for each other.