Love : n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by the removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. —The Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce
A Courageous Outcast…
Rosamunde Baird has lost everything and has no choice but to accept an invitation to spend a season with a dowager duchess and her clandestine ladies club. Determined to stay in the shadows and live quietly, she has sworn never again to come face to face with adventure and temptation, two things that brought her ruin years ago. But then the Duke of Helston dangles before her the very things she craves most.
Lord Fire & Ice…
Mysterious Luc St. Aubyn has a much-deserved reputation for exuding blistering passion at night and frost the morning after. What demons drive this audacious war hero to hide secrets about the dowager’s club and his devilish dictionary? When he’s blindsided by his reactions to a virtuous siren, he has no choice but to reveal all during a scandal that will doom them…or save them, if only they dare to believe in love.
Rating: Narration – A; Content – B
A Dangerous Beauty is the first in Sophia Nash’s Widows Club series, that was originally published between 2007 and 2010. This audiobook is a reissue of a recording originally made in 2008.
Lady Rosamunde is the apple of her father’s eye. A long awaited daughter following the birth of four sons, she is bright, courageous and rather precocious, but is, when we meet her at fifteen, self-aware enough to realise those things. But, as is always the way with such romance heroines, her boisterous nature gets her into trouble when, a couple of years later, she is accused of seducing Lord Sumner, eldest son of the Duke of Helston and told in no uncertain terms that she’s got to marry him. Considering all she did was kiss him on the cheek, this is a bit much, but the stentorian duke all but calls her a whore and her own – supposedly doting – father says nothing in her defence. Knowing that Sumner is, by his own admission, in love with someone else, Rosamund, instead jumps into the arms of one Mr Alfred Baird – a man she’s never met before, mind you – and runs off with him to Gretna Green.
I confess that at this point, I hit ‘pause’ on my mp3 player, wondering whether I wanted to continue to listen to a story in which the heroine was capable of doing something that dumb.
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