Didn't really care for it. I don't like the premise of either the hero or heroine masquerading as someone else or hiding their real identities from each other. This couple was more or less forced into a marriage when they were very young teens, and both had thought the other had died in the years since they have seen each other (they only met once). Years later, the hero finds out that someone is looking for him under the assumed name he used when he was forced to marry the heroine, so he tracks her down to find out if she's still alive. She masquerades as a maid at first, then as a married woman out to seduce him. They end up in bed together - repeatedly - and then she runs off to London to stay with the Marquis of Rothgar & his wife Diana (the inevitable tie in to Beverley's Malloren series). Why it was necessary to make this another Malloren book, I have no idea, because it's not as if it did anything for the tedious plot anyway. They finally find out each other's true identities about two-thirds of the way into the book, and then of course, she wants an annulment because she's just sure he only wants her for her money, and btw, she has cold feet about giving up her independence:P
I wish I could say there was something I liked about this book, but it was just one more in an already lackluster string of books that Beverley has been cranking out over the last few years. And while I'm on the subject, why does Beverley seem to always have her heroines absconding in the 11th hour so that she & the hero can have their final confrontation at a London ball? Get a new plot device already, Jo. This one is dead.
My best advice is to skip this book. If you've read any one of JB's four or five most recent releases, you've read this one as well.
Sensuality Rating: R
I REALLY tried to get through this book - being as some of the Malloren clan & friends are in it - but only managed to get half-way before I couldn't go on any longer. Too tiresome a plot, tedious pacing, wearying characters, lackluster chemistry, dull storyline. My opinion: don't waste your time on this one.
I should have read the other reviews before I read this book. The book dragged from the dirst chapter and I found myself committing the evil sin of reading the ending to see if it got any better.....Nope