I have loved Lady Lynette who has been a secondary character in all of the Amelia Grey books. Dash of Scandal, Hint of Seduction & Taste of Temptation all focus on the Terrible Threesome's stories however the characters are mentioned again in Little Mischief (book after Dash of Scandal) as well as Lady Lynette. What I have enjoyed about Grey's books is that they all have the love at first sight notion & the characters struggling to come to terms with the idea of love. She also adds some fun with the notorious scandal sheets on the "ton" reminding me a little of Lady Whistledown (Julia Quinn). They are quick fun reads. I look forward to reading more of her books.
In her first year among the ton, Isabella Winslowe was a wallflower who watched her vivacious spinster Aunt Pithany stand tall and decided to emulate her beloved relative. In her second season, she becomes a popular figure declining several offers of marriage. However, Isabella noticed other wallflowers and decided to provide encouragement thorough a reading team to help them improve their dynamics. The male members of the Ton dub the group the Wallflower Society.
Lord Daniel Colebrook has just returned to London after spending a couple years mourning the deaths of his father and older brother and to learn estate management. When Isabella accompanied by his sister Gretchen informs him that his sibling murdered wastrel Boswell Throckmorten, he feels she is pulling a hoax on him especially when the body is missing. Later when he and Isabella find the Throckmorten corpse he knows someone killed the odious man. Working closely to learn who killed the nasty Throckmorten in order to keep his sister out of trouble, they fall in love. Still Isabella wonders whether he will take away her independence if she marries him like he desires.
Readers will appreciate this charming Regency romance with a touch of suspense. The lead characters are typical in many ways of the sub-genre, but their preliminary battles and later partnering are fun to follow. Fans will enjoy this charmer though many would have preferred for a separate tale for a second romance that comes out of nowhere.
A murder mystery raises this Regency novel above the average comedy of manners and morals. In spite of the serious nature of a murder (this man refuses to die the first time he's struck), the story is fairly light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek.
Isabella Winslowe has developed her spunkiness from emulating her cherished, spinster Aunt Pithany. In fact, that is what Isabella wants for herself; a life without a husband, traveling within the ton, admired and free. She has taken under her wing a bevy of young ladies who are in the same situation she was in during her first Season. They bat their eyelashes and flash their fans without gracing the men who approach them with any look at their faces. Isabella knows this is why marriageable bachelors stay away; men dislike these behaviors.
One of her chicks is Lady Gretchen Colebrooke. In spite of the social taboo, she has a tryst in Isabella's garden with Boswell Throckmorton. When Isabella finds them, Gretchen is holding a cherub statuette and Throckmorton lies dead on the ground. Gretchen's brother, Lord Daniel Colebrooke, blames the whole matter on Isabella. In spite of their sparring, Isabella and Daniel join forces to protect Gretchen's reputation and try to find the murderer.
Much of the story is about Daniel and Isabella coming to grips with their attraction to each other. Each is convinced the other would be a poor marriage partner. This is a quick and charming read.
Earl of Colebrook is outraged that his sister has joined Miss Winslowe's "wallflower society".