ONE NIGHT WITH AN EARL by Jennifer Haymore (April 1, 2014; Forever Yours E-Novella; $1.99)
Beatrice Reece, Lady Fenwick, has retired from polite society. Everyone knows her late husband treated her abominably, and she simply cannot bear the whispers of the ton. But it's the night of London's premier masquerade ball-and Beatrice's one chance to revel in anonymity. She hopes no one will recognize her beneath her mask, not even the sinfully sexy stranger across the room who holds her captive in his gaze . . .
Andrew Sinclair would know beautiful Beatrice anywhere from the gentle sway of her hips, the richness of her hair, and the lushness of her body. When he asks her to dance, the attraction is instant and all-consuming. The only woman he's ever truly wanted is finally in his arms. But when the clock strikes twelve, will this one reckless night fade into the morning light?
Haymore, under the guise of Lady Esme, has penned another wonderfully beautiful
novella of trust and the good things that come to those who wait. She is one of
the best writers of romance novellas, able to infuse such wit, charm, and depth
into them that makes one giddy upon reading. And there are delicious scenes
Reece, Lady Fenwick, has had her courage dashed during her marriage to an
older, abusive husband. When her best friend convinces her to come to a
masquerade ball for one night of fun, she had no idea the gentleman who first
approached her would be the one to claim her heart.
Sinclair had been in love with Beatrice since her first Season. He was only a
second son, not the Earl of Weston as he is now. Being of a meticulous nature,
Drew had planned out his proposal to Beatrice, only to have her snatched up by
Lord Fenwick. He had never forgotten Beatrice, and now he finally has the
opportunity to claim her….
blend of fantastic storytelling with sensual heat is Haymore’s speciality, as
during one magical night, Drew earns Beatrice’s trust even before revealing his
true identity. Beatrice’s vulnerability and shyness is endearing, yet her later
bravery is even more so. Even the villains have some unexpected lines, which
makes this one of the best romance novellas I’ve read.
quiet botanist earl and a shy lady with a love of cooking adds another layer to
the characters’ depth. This novella charmed me as did all of Haymore’s novellas,
and I am highly anticipating more to come.
copy courtesy of the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review
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