They thought the debutante was scandalous
Miss Elizabeth Tarryton was the toast of the London Season the year she was seventeen and spurned young Tommy Halifax. A careless flirt who didn't know what she wanted, she was startled into laughter by his public proposal of marriage. Furious and heartbroken, Tommy promptly left home for a life of adventure in India.
If they only knew about the widow
Seven years later, Elizabeth has much to make up for, but the methods she chooses for doing good are as shocking as her earlier wanton behavior—should the ton ever find out. Tommy returns to England a hero, with no intention of allowing himself to be hurt by a woman ever again, but he's fascinated nonetheless by Elizabeth, now widowed and more alluring than ever.
Praise for The Beautiful One:
"Greenwood's mix of sweet romance and sensuality, blended with an engaging plot and charming characters, is certain to enchant." —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
"[A] beautifully penned story rife with emotion, sensuality... tender romance and true love, providing readers with a tale they will not soon forget.” —Romance Junkies
Greenwood gets the mix of sweet romance and sensuality just right in this tender Regency. Lizzie Tarryton met Tommy Halifax while her guardian, the Viscount Grandville, was courting Anna Black (heroine of The Beautiful One). Lizzie is carefree, joyous, and slightly scandalous, surrounded by beaus. All the fun and games end the night Tommy asks her to marry him and she embarrasses him in front of their family and friends. When Tommy returns to London six years later to visit Will and Anna, he refuses to see that Eliza has changed. A chance encounter where Tommy doesn't recognize Eliza leads to a passionate interlude, an unexpected pregnancy, and a hasty wedding ceremony. The golden boy charming his feisty wife during the day and teaching her about lovemaking at night is a staple of the genre, and Greenwood adeptly weaves in engaging conversation and moments of personal growth to deliver a satisfying happy ending to this romance. However, readers who admired Anna's spunk and wit in the first book will be very disappointed that they're missing from this one.