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Once the Countess of Riverdale, Viola Kingsley throws all caution to the wind when adventure calls in the form of a handsome aristocrat. . . .
Two years after the death of the Earl of Riverdale, his family has overcome the shame of being stripped of their titles and fortune--except for his onetime countess, Viola. With her children grown and herself no longer part of the social whirl of the ton, she is uncertain where to look for happiness--until quite by accident her path crosses once again with that of the Marquess of Dorchester, Marcel Lamarr.
Marcel Lamarr has been a notorious womanizer since the death of his wife nearly twenty years earlier. Viola caught his eye when she herself was a young mother, but she evaded his seduction at the time. A prize that eluded him before, she is all the more irresistible to him now although he is surprised to discover that she is as eager now for the excitement he offers as he is himself.
When the two defy convention and run away together, they discover that the ties of respectability are not so easily severed, and pleasure can ensnare you when you least expect it. . . .
Balogh (Someone to Wed) continues the Westcott family's recovery from the reversal of fortune first unveiled in Someone to Love. Lust, loneliness, and love are not merely for the young, as the former Countess of Riverdale, Viola Kingsley, learns when she escapes from her family only to meet up with the rakish Marquess of Dorchester, Marcel Lamarr. These two once fancied each other in the early days of Viola's marriage to Riverdale. But now, 14 years later, after her husband's death and the subsequent discovery that their marriage was invalid due to his secret other wife, Viola takes an unexpected opportunity to engage in a short-term love affair with Marcel. By indulging in his liaison with Viola, Marcel happily delays returning home to his now-grown twins, who are mostly strangers to him, having been raised by relatives. The lovers' avoidance of responsibility not only bewilders their families but strains their unexpected deepening feelings for one another. Home, they discover, can't so easily be shut away. Balogh gives the 40-something lovers refreshing complexity, not sugarcoating their character flaws, and these nods to reality will make Viola and Marcel all the more endearing to readers. Newcomers will find this a satisfying entry point to the series, and fans will be delighted to see Viola achieve happiness at last.
Someone to Care
I think this has just become my favorite book in the Wescott series. I had loved Avery and Anna’s story, but I really enjoyed the flawed but very real characters that were created in Marcel and Viola. I laughed and wept along with them and for them. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read!