From New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley comes a captivating Regency romance in which a lady must risk it all to win the heart of an infamous Earl...
Lucinda Potter, daughter of a wealthy merchant, is more interested in trade than in the men after her dowry. When forced to have a London season, Lucy sets out to enjoy herself rather than to find a husband. But once she meets the notorious Earl of Wyvern, her resolve weakens, and when they kiss, it dissolves—even though her instincts warn he’s dangerous.
Wyvern has a dark secret, which means he must win a rich bride. Lucy seems ideal—not for her beauty and her lively charm, but because at first meeting she seems unlikely to realize the truth...
As he comes to really know her with each intoxicating kiss, Wyvern realizes she’s too clever and honest by far. Marrying Lucy would mean living a lie with the woman he has come to love.
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Not So Much a Shocking Delight
I am a long-lime Jo Beverley fan. I've read all of her novels, including her "Company of Rogues" series, and most of her novellas. So I was really anticipating David's story, "A Shocking Delight," but I was disappointed. Although she is an intelligent and gifted writer, in my opinion, ASD does not measure up to her previous standard of excellence. Without giving a synopsis of the story, which others have done, I'll just explain four problems I have with it.
(1) Because I read "The Dragon's Bride" years ago, I found the setting/description of Crag Wyvern in the early chapters of ASD confusing. (2) What's more, for readers who haven't read the previous novels in the Rogues series, I suggest reading them in order to become acquainted with the multiple characters that reappear in ASD. (Although Ms. Beverley does do some explaining after ASD ends, and there is an excerpt from "The Dragon's Bride" there, too). (3) What's with the cover? While many fans have written how they love it, I don't. Maybe I was reading too fast, but I don't remember Lucy Potter wearing a blue ball gown at Crag Wyvern. (4) My greatest criticism lies in how this novel ends. I turned the page and was surprised that it was the last one. It ended too abruptly. I expected more.
Honestly, this is Jo Beverley's only novel I've given less than 5 stars.