"He Said Yes" is really the second installment in Patricia Waddell's new romance series, focusing on the lives of a group of bachelor peers in Victorian England who meet each Wednesday for cards at Brook's Club in London under the aegis of their elderly mentor, the Duke of Morland. The first story in the series, that of Viscount Sterling, is beautifully related in the short story collection, "Cupid Calling," which I also highly recommend. In her latest effort, Ms. Waddell introduces us to thirty-two year old bachelor, Marshall Bedford, Marquis of Waltham. Marshall is not ready for marriage but decides that he wants a long term relationship with a mistress. He thinks he has found the perfect candidate in Evelyn Dennsworth, a 26 year old, well-spoken woman he finds working in the dress shop patronized by his sister. However, while on his way back to the shop to pick up his sister after her fitting, he sees Evelyn being hauled into the constable's wagon, charged with stealing a ruby brooch. Without quite knowing why, Marshall comes to Evelyn's aid, bribing her jailor to make her comfortable for the night, arranging for her bail, and paying for her successful legal defense. Evelyn is free but now indebted to Marshall. He makes no secret of his desire that she become his mistress to "re-pay" that debt, but she is a vicar's daughter, fallen on difficult times, and her strong sense of morals and her innate independence rebels against becoming any man's plaything. A true gentleman, Marshall will not force her, but courts her gently until she finds herself wanting very much to say, "Yes." As she finds herself falling in love with her gallant rescuer, she resolves to become his lover--not his mistress--for one summer only, knowing that the difference in their stations in life will mean that their realtionship can never lead to marriage, or can it?
This is actually Book #2 in "The Gentlemen's Club" Series. Don't miss Book #1, the charming intro, called "Love Letters", the third novella contained in the Anthology entitled "Cupid Calling". Once you've started you'll want to snatch up the others:
#3 "He Said No"
#4 "He Said Never"
#5 "He Said Never"
Fun reading where rather strong, independent women run up against rather strong, independent men and literally bowl them over. These gentlemen haven't a clue what's hit them. It's a hoot watching these nobles brought down to the bare basics - it's love, dontcha get it?
Book #1 in a loose series. This is the story of a woman who is wrongly accused and a gentleman comes to her rescue. Of course they fall in love, denying all the time. A fun, quick read that is very pleasant to read.
Read this book a while back and I thoroughly enjoyed it.