A Scandalous Affair is a great, quick read. The plot suits the length of the book. While I was left wanting more of Daphne and Hartwell, their relationship and development of their feelings is believable for the short length.
The love of a good woman is exactly what Hartwell needs to overcome stuttering and step out into the ton. Daphne is the perfect match for him. Her personality is just right to draw out the side of Hartwell he didn’t even know existed.
Hartwell isn’t an alpha male. However, his weaknesses and lack of socializing added to his character. An alpha male wouldn’t have worked as Daphne’s hero. Since she is a widow, she more daring and outspoken for this era.
I recommend this book to any reader looking for a quick historical romance that sizzles.
4 Stars – A Great Read
Note: I requested this book from Net Galley.
Blurb from Karen Erickson’s website:
Third in the Merry Widows series
From the moment Daphne, Lady Pomeroy, meets the mysterious Marquess of Hartwell at a masquerade ball, she’s determined to seduce him. The handsome, charming man cannot possibly be the cold, calculating lord who Society calls “Black Hart.” Risking everything, the lonely widow invites the elusive Hartwell to her dinner party . . . for two.
Hartwell’s arrogant reputation is built on a lie. For he has a shameful secret that keeps him in the shadows: a stutter—his downfall since childhood. He’d rather keep his mouth shut than look the fool. But he’s shocked to discover that in Daphne’s company—and in her bed—his stutter vanishes.
After one wanton evening together, Daphne is hurt when the lord lives up to his Black Hart name. Yet his reasons for leaving surprise even him. Now he must confess everything or risk losing Daphne forever…