Excellent Excellent Excellent Read! Regency England. Heronine leading two lives (lady and singer) forces a wedding with a long time admirerer. Not only do they have to sort out their unknown feelings for each other, but accidents keep happening to hurt Lottie as well. And of course - A Traditionally, but not as predicable of a road to a Happily Ever After.
Final book in the Duke series. Considering Colin's personality in the other books I was a little disappointed in him in this book. The book does get better as it goes along. The villian exposed at the end is very anti-climatic.
Without too much reiteration of the book summary, Charlotte (aka Lottie) lives a double life as a an aristocratic lady and an opera singer. Colin lives a double life as lazy nobleman and a forger and authenticator for the British Crown.
They meet, her cover is blown, they agree to marry in a marriage of convenience and then the real story begins. Two people who think they know each other, slowly revealing layers of themselves and finding love. Along the way a bit of mystery and some steamy love scenes.
The mystery was pretty silly but not much time was wasted on it. The characters and their developing love were engaging and sweet.
Lady Charlotte Hughes lives a double life. By day, she is the plain, demure sister of a domineering brother who wants her married and out of the way. By night, she is Lottie English, an intoxicating, glamorous woman of mystery - a famed opera singer who drives men wild with wanting her. But the only man Charlotte wants in Colin Ramsey, Duke of Newark, though the dashing nobleman would certainly never risk his reputation on a woman like her. Imagine her shock, then, when the duke reveals himself as a smitten fan...and, while attempting to seduce her, inadvertently discovers her true identity.
Charlotte will submit to the handsome duke's every wish, but only as his wife - a proposal Colin eagerly accepts. But his secret duty to the Crown - to expost Charlotte's nemesis - threatens the fiery, very real passion that consumes them. And when Charlotte herself is suddenly imperiled, Colin must choose where his loyalties lie - and risk everyting for the remarkable lady who has so thoroughly captured his heart.