“Charming and delightful—a must-read!”
—Joan Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of A Stranger’s Game
“Witty dialogue and clever schemes… Grey’s vivid characters will charm readers.”
Her name is on everyone’s lips…
When he left for America six years ago, the handsome Viscount Stonehurst never suspected that he would return home to England to find his lovely fiancée embroiled in the scandal of the decade. The woman he planned on making his wife has been kissing every man in London…except him!
But scandal doesn’t matter in search of the truth…
Engaged and then abandoned, Mirabella Wittingham is determined to find the man who drove her cousin to suicide, even if it means ruining her reputation and disgracing herself in the process…When her plans go awry, Mirabella has no choice but to turn to her long-lost fiancé for help. But can she trust the man who deserted her so many years ago, or is he destined to fail her yet again?
“Readers will be quickly drawn in by the lively pace, the appealing protagonists, and the sexual chemistry that almost visibly shimmers between them in this charming, light-hearted, and well-done Regency.”
“An uplifting, wonderfully sensual story. I hated for it to end.”
—Meryl Sawyer, New York Times bestselling author of Play Dead
In this debut Regency, independent Mirabella Whittingham is determined to find the scoundrel who seduced her friend Sarah and drove her to suicide, but Mirabella's only clue to the man's identity is that he bears a scar on his neck. Having consigned herself to spinsterhood ever since her betrothed fled to America, Mirabella sees little harm in kissing a few men and running her fingers beneath their cravats to search for the incriminating mark. Unfortunately, her intended, Viscount Camden Brackley, decides to return to London after six years only to discover Mirabella in the arms of another man and his family's affairs in shambles. Having been betrayed by his previous fianc , he is appalled to find that Mirabella is no less chaste, and he decides that he cannot marry her. The two pretend to remain engaged, however, so that Camden can have time to settle his family's finances and Mirabella can avoid upsetting her ailing father. As they play the betrothed couple and Mirabella secretly continues to root out Sarah's seducer, Camden realizes that he is not immune to Mirabella's charms. The story line is more complex than many others in the genre and far less believable. Grey's all-too-proper and perfunctory dialogue and her wooden characters do little to enliven this middling tale.
Good, but slow read
A few too many details, tends to bog down this story. It has a nice story line and good characters, but could have used a good editing to decrease the length and sharpen the story.
The best part is the sweet ending, but I thought the characters were flat and predictable.
I loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down. It is nice that it was free, but I might have to purchase another one of her books, since this one was so good.