A Combination of Sizzle, Wit, Charm and Romance
(Tuesday, June 7, 2011)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma
In this installment of the ”Naked Series”, we find a chance meeting at Hyde Park (with the help of Harry the Dog) between a very inebriated Stephen Parker-Roth (also known in the London circles as “The King of Hearts”) and 27 yr. old “on the shelf
Spinster” Lady Anne Marston. She had never met anyone like Stephen and despite her embarrassment and his thorough destruction of her bonnet, Anne was carried away by his charms, as was he by her red-haired beauty. When a stumble, tumble, and inappropriate outdoor outcome in front of Crane House is observed and reported to Anne’s Cousin Clorinda by the town’s leading gossip, Lady Dunlee, Stephen feels the only proper way to quell their dismay and sputtering and to save Anne’s reputation, is to announce he and Lady Anne are betrothed. This comes as a shock, not only to her younger sister and twin brothers, but to all who know Stephen’s reputation with the ladies. Afraid the truth may mar her sister, Lady Evangeline’s society debut, Anne goes along with the ruse but step by step, sees the caring and kindness Stephen possesses as he helps her come out of her shell and into the limelight of London’s social circle, something she had never experienced due to family obligations at her marriageable age. Throughout the past ten years, a dark cloud has hung over Lady Anne’s head in the form of the vile Lord Brentwood. Horrible memories haunt her and as much as she believes she might feel for Stephen, she is unable to commit fully because of feelings of shame and inadequacy. Fearing Stephen will be repulsed if he learns the truth, Anne will not share the chilling details of the encounter at Gedding’s House Party until Lord Brentwood approaches her and threatens to tell Stephen and ruin the lives of Anne and her family. Stephen has an inkling that Lord Brentwood is up to something foul and concocts a plan to thwart it and protect Anne, who, Stephen discovers, he loves more than he ever thought possible. Anne finally summons all of her courage and relays the sickening details of her “History” with Lord Brentwood and finds Stephen’s feelings for her have not changed. The following morning, angry over being uncovered as the crass, lying slime he is, Lord Brentwood has Anne kidnapped. Her young Brothers witness the abduction and tell Stephen who sets out to rescue her.
Will Stephen figure out where Brentwood is holding Anne captive?
Will Stephen arrive in time to thwart Brentwood’s nasty plan?
Will Stephen give up his “Crown” as “The King of Hearts?
If you enjoy a tale of romance with a lot of “Sizzle”, this book is for you!
It was for me!! Nancy Narma