Title: Secrets of A Scandalous Heiress
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Theresa Romain
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Jan 6, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
One good proposition deserves another…
Heiress Augusta Meredith can’t help herself-she stirs up gossip wherever she goes. A stranger to Bath society, she pretends to be a charming young widow, until sardonic, darkly handsome Joss Everett arrives from London and uncovers her charade.
Augusta persuades Joss to keep her secret in exchange for a secret of his own. Weaving their way through the treacherous pitfalls of a polite world only too eager to expose and condemn them, they begin to see that being true to themselves is not so bad…as long as they’re true to each other…
Augusta has been wronged by a cad who broke her heart and decides to seek revenge by claiming to be a widow who seeks only an illicit liaison. This disguise was worth the effort as long as she didn’t run into anyone she knew. This is where Josiah Everett comes in to call her bluff.
On the surface this is a light bit of romance but there is much beneath the surface banter and some intrigue of Joss’ business in Bath.
Ms. Romain can move us with her emotional prose:
“Loss could slash a person with a grief so deep, she might throw away all the good she possessed and let it burn. Not caring. Not wanting to care. Not wanting to feel anything; willing to pursue any promise of oblivion.”
There is philosophy intertwined with a page turning story:
“Everyone had something to grieve, did they not?….There was always something more that could be lost.
Which meant there was always something for which to be grateful.”
This is a story true to the time period with deliciously clever dialog and a definite tease of will-he-or-won’t-he. The characters are well drawn with side characters that add some frustrating comedy. Lord Sutcliffe is Joss’ employer, a drug addled buffoon who seems to have a screw loose.
I recommend this book to all Historical Romance aficionados.