Title: Romancing Lady Stone(A School of Gallantry Novella)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Delilah Marvelle
Publisher: Delilah Marvelle Productions, August 2013
Source: Kindle Purchase, $.99
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life by including a man in it again. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do: stop the wedding. Unfortunately, destiny has other plans.
Konstantin Alexie Levin never considered himself to be a villain. In fact, he considers himself to be a Russian gentleman. Having grown up in a refined and well-educated family that embraced criminal life to avoid debtor’s prison, the only thing preventing him from knowing happiness is the rest of the world. Everything changes, however, when Konstantin is given a chance to start life anew and travel to London to collect an unexpected reward for saving a man’s life. To his surprise, he is about to become a hero at midnight to a beautiful aristocrat who desperately needs his help. The problem is…he wants to do more than save Lady Stone. He wants to make the woman his, all his.
WARNING: This book is Rated Double S (Sweaty & Sinful) and contains strong language and sexual content which may cause respectable people to swoon.
This offering of Romancing Lady Stone, in the School of Gallentry Series, is a standalone novella but the writing is so lyrical and the romance is so full of delicious sensuality that I will have to read this series which has three books already published. Ms Marvelle can infuse characters with personality and the story with exquisite romance. Cecilia is an older woman (40) who becomes romantically involved with a younger (30) man. How refreshing! Neither apologizes or thinks twice about the age difference. Again, how refreshing! They do know that their union will not be accepted in Cecilia’s London society because Cecilia is an aristocrat and Konstantin is from a lower class. How a happily ever after is achieved kept me turning pages. Another romance is introduced and we are promised by Ms Marvelle that we will see more. I highly recommend this book.