From the moment Daphne, Lady Pomeroy, meets the mysterious Marquess of Hartwell at a masquerade ball, she’s determined to seduce him. The handsome, charming man cannot possibly be the cold, calculating lord who Society calls “Black Hart.” Risking everything, the lonely widow invites the elusive Hartwell to her dinner party . . . for two.
Hartwell’s arrogant reputation is built on a lie. For he has a shameful secret that keeps him in the shadows: a stutter—his downfall since childhood. He’d rather keep his mouth shut than look the fool. But he’s shocked to discover that in Daphne’s company—and in her bed—his stutter vanishes.
After one wanton evening together, Daphne is hurt when the lord lives up to his Black Hart name. Yet his reasons for leaving surprise even him. Now he must confess everything or risk losing Daphne forever.
This review ended up being harder to write than I originally expected. See, I just finished reading 6 regency romances by another author, and she set the bar kind of high. Plus I’ve had a massive case of review writer’s block.
“A Scandalous Affair” is the tale of a widow and a man with a stutter finding love amongst the ton. Which is where it falls a bit short. I mean, it felt more like it was using the time period as an excuse to have a fancy party instead of the rich setting it can be.
I will tell you that I did enjoy the characters. I found them to be endearing and a bit sweet. I just wish that we could’ve gotten to know them a bit better. Which was another small problem, it was just too short. (Kind of like this review) It feels like we just met (I had to go look them up because I honestly didn’t remember) Daphne and Hartwell and BLAM! the story is over.
3 Stars. If you’re in the market for a good quick read with a regency tinted veil, pick it up. Heck, next time I’m looking for a fun little romp I’ll probably pick up the other titles in the series. If you’re looking for a bit more depth though, this is probably not the title for you.
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