Title: To Woo A Wicked Widow (The Widows Club, book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency
Author: Jenna Jaxon
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Lyrical Press, March 27, 2018
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:
The war years are behind them.
The future is before them.
And one by one, the widows of Lyttlefield Park are getting restless . . .
Lady Charlotte Cavendish is still the spirited girl who tried to elope in the name of love. That dream was thwarted by her father who trapped her into a loveless, passionless marriage. But now widowed, Charlotte is free to reenter the giddy world of the ton—and pursue her desires. For hardly your typical widow, she remains innocent to the pleasures of the flesh. Yet her life is finally her own, and she intends to keep it that way . . .
Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham, is beguiled by Charlotte at first sight—and the feeling is mutual. When he receives her intriguing invitation to a house party, the marriage-minded lord plans to further their acquaintance. But even he cannot sway her aversion to matrimony, and only with great restraint does he resist her most tempting offer. For unbeknownst to Charlotte, the misadventures of the past are revisiting them both, and bedding her could cost him everything—or give him everything he ever wanted . . .
A very clever premise; several widows in need of new husbands (or not) are gathered together by their friend Charlotte at a house party. There are gentlemen invited, some honorable and some not so much. Interesting relationships are hinted at but Charlotte and her neighbor, Nash, The Earl of Wrotham, have an attraction that is instant and pretty much overwhelming. The problem is that Charlotte does not want to give up her freedom for marriage and Nash will not make her his mistress. When Charlotte starts to yield in the direction of marriage a secret of Nash’s tears them apart.
This first book in the new series deftly sets up the series to follow. The romance is steamy and the writing is well done. I did not like Charlotte finding her at times silly. Nash was a likable character and I wondered what he saw in Charlotte beyond her beauty. The side characters, future heroines/heroes of the series, were introduced and personalities were established. I found this to be a decent Regency romance and an original concept.