At a private masquerade club, an innocent lady poses as a courtesan to play a dangerous game of hearts in this sexy Regency romance series debut.
Lucas Mayfield, the Eighth Earl of Heightford, has devised an ingenious gentlemen's club where anonymity protects the reputations of all. But when a young courtesan appears far too innocent, his suspicions are raised . . . along with his interest. When her gleaming hair tumbles down, he recognizes the Duke of Chatterwood's beautiful daughter. Lucas has no idea how the lady managed to get in—or how she tempted him into an unforgettable kiss . . .
Liliah Durary is in a bind. Her father cruelly insists that she marry a man she does not love—who is, in fact, desperately in love with her best friend. She has no choice but to maintain a platonic marriage until some other arrangement can be made. Still, she's determined to experience pleasure before she is wed. An intriguing new club seems the perfect place—and Lucas Mayfield seems the perfect man for the arrangement she seeks . . .
“This Regency romp is a well-balanced mix of heat and sweetness.” —Publishers Weekly
This Regency romp is a well-balanced mix of heat and sweetness, but the story loses fire as it approaches its glib conclusion. When defiant Lady Liliah Durary is told by her domineering, uncaring father that she will marry her best friend, Meyer who's mutually in love with her other best friend, Rebecca she sets out to experience a night of passion before she enters a marriage that she expects to be miserable. Lucas Mayfield, the rakish and controlling eighth Earl of Heightford, catches Liliah in his private gambling club and becomes immediately enamored despite his vow to never love again. Their chemistry is undeniable, and when he gets a taste of her fire and willfulness, Luc becomes determined to make Liliah his. Secrets make for a hint of mystery, and Vayden does a great job of setting the stage and laying out the clues. Luc and Liliah's passion extends outside of the bedroom as they match wits and charm. Meyer and Rebecca's love simmers beneath the surface, and readers will anticipate their union without losing focus on the main characters. Only the pat ending disappoints, and Vayden's considerable promise will keep readers eager for sequels.