Title: The Marquess of Cake
Genre: Victorian Historical Romance
Author: Heather Hiestand
Publisher: Kensington, July 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Scotch trifle fit for Queen Victoria, scones with clotted cream. . .Alys Redcake knows the way to a man’s heart. Yet she is unaware that with each morsel–and flash of ankle–she is seducing the handsome marquess frequenting her father’s tea shop. Unmarried at twenty-six, Alys’s first love is the family business. But thoughts of the gentleman’s touch are driving her to distraction. . .
With his weakness for sugar, the Marquess of Hatbrook can imagine no more desirable woman than one scented with cake and spice. Mistaking Alys for a mere waitress, he has no doubt she would make a most delicious mistress. And when he finds himself in need of an heir, he plans to make her his convenient bride. Yet as they satisfy their craving for one another, business and pleasure suddenly collide. Will Hatbrook’s passion for sweets–and for Alys–be his heart’s undoing?
Actually when I picked this book I thought it was going to be a Victorian version of Chik-Lit. My oh my was I mistaken. This is a wonderful Victorian Romance with a heroine longing to be let loose of the societal confines and a hero who has an illness that he is totally unaware that he has. There are moments of sensuality and misunderstanding. Most assuredly there are times when you will have to put this book down and search your kitchen for some cake.
Heather Hiestand has crafted a novel that is sexy and sweet with believable characters who demonstrate foibles as well as a willingness to change. This is a really good read. I highly recommend it for Victorian Romance enthusiasts.