In Anabelle Bryant’s novel of unexpected romance, a lord and lady learn that not all emotions can be expressed in the light of day . . .
Chief Officer of the Society for the Intellectually Advanced, Lord Matthew Strathmore, Earl of Whittingham, takes his position very seriously. Not only does it distract him from the painful aftermath of a gunshot wound to the leg, earned most honorably, it is important work. So he feels duty-bound to question esteemed scientist Lord Talbot about a suspect article. Matthew dashes from London to Oxfordshire, despite wretched weather that only exacerbates his injury, reminding him he is far from the dashing gentleman he once was . . .
Theodosia, Lord Talbot’s granddaughter, has inherited his gift for inquiry, enjoying her pursuits safely away from the artifice of London society. But her identity as the true author of Talbot’s article is about to be exposed. And if Matthew expects a dour bluestocking, surprises abound. Not only do Theodosia’s botanical concoctions soothe his leg, he’s clearly attracted by her delicate beauty. But dare she hope for more? It will take an urgent trip to London for both to discover how passion and lasting love can ignite under the cover of darkness . . .
“Those who enjoy headstrong heroines will appreciate [Amelia’s] story.”
—Publishers Weekly on London’s Wicked Affair
Bryant's magnetic final Midnight Secrets novel (after London's Best Kept Secret) unites two Regency-era amateur scientists with a powerful attraction. Lord Matthew Strathmore, Earl of Whittingham, travels from his London home to Oxfordshire to meet with the Earl of Talbot, who wrote a journal article with a questionable hypothesis. Shortly after Matthew meets Talbot's granddaughter, Theodosia Leighton, he realizes that she's the author of the article. Talbot's once astute mind has become muddled, and Theodosia is trying to keep her grandfather's ailment a secret. Matthew and Theodosia share some scientific interests, and their budding friendship blossoms into a romance, leading to a magical shared excursion through London. Fans of thoughtful female characters will adore Theodosia's joy in her intellectual pursuits. Bryant's fast-paced and seamless plotting make this a novel to be savored in one sitting.