Lady Windermere’s Lover (The Wild Quartet #3)
Author: Miranda Neville
Release Date: 24 June 2014
Damian, Earl of Windermere, rues the day he drunkenly gambled away his family's estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. Now, after hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is finally called home, only to discover that his modest bride has become an alluring beauty—and rumor has it that she's taken a lover. Damian vows to keep his wife from straying again, but to do so he must seduce her—and protect his heart from falling for the wife he never knew he wanted.
Cynthia never aspired to be the subject of scandal. But with her husband off gallivanting across Persia, what was a lady to do? Flirting shamelessly with his former best friend seemed like the perfect revenge . . . except no matter how little Damian deserves her loyalty, Cynthia can't bring herself to be unfaithful. But now that the scoundrel has returned home, Cynthia isn't about to forgive his absence so easily—even if his presence stirs something in her she'd long thought dead and buried. He might win her heart . . . if he can earn her forgiveness!
What a thoroughly enjoyable book, and the first one I've read from Miranda Neville. I'm looking forward to catching up on this series!
Cynthia is a wonderful heroine and I really admired the maturity she shows repeatedly. She's made to feel worthless by her husband's abandonment so soon after their marriage, but she becomes determined to become the wife she thinks he wants. My heart broke for her when reading about some of the painful events she had to endure whilst she was alone, but even then she comes through it all a lot stronger.
Damian was a bit more of a mixed bag for me. I admired his principles in theory, he's very dedicated to his duty and honour. But he lets his prejudices and his own unfortunate actions from his past to cloud his judgement. This in turn leads to him treating Cynthia rather poorly, far too often. I'm happy to say he redeems himself as he gets closer to Cynthia and starts to realise what an amazing wife he has!
I wish that there had been maybe a touch more romance to really give me that swoony feeling. It took a while for things to really gain momentum between Cynthia and Damian, but it also allows for a genuine trust to build between them.
This book is an easy read that I definitely enjoyed. I'm very intrigued by several of the secondary characters and especially Julian. I am VERY excited to read his book, which is next in the series.
*I received a review copy from the publisher, via Edelweiss, for my honest opinion. Thank you!
About the Author
Miranda Neville grew up in England. During her misspent youth she devoured the works of Georgette Heyer, Jean Plaidy, and any other historical novels she could lay hands on. As a result she attended the University of Oxford to study history, ignoring all hints that economics might be a more practical subject. She spent several years writing catalogs of rare books and original letters and manuscripts for Sotheby’s auction house in London and New York. Much of her time in this job was spent reading the personal correspondence of the famous. This confirmed her suspicion that the most interesting thing about history is people.
Since moving to Vermont, she has worked in Special Collections at Dartmouth College and as an editor and journalist on Behind the Times, a small, idiosyncratic (and now defunct) monthly newspaper. She is the owner and editor of a weekly advertiser in the Upper Valley, a job that leaves her enough time to write fiction.
Her first book, Never Resist Temptation. was published by Avon in 2009. The first two books in the Burgundy Club series will be published in 2010.
She lives with her daugher, Becca, a college student and confirmed drama queen, and two cats who are never on the right side of any door.
Author Links :http://www.mirandaneville.com/
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