For this reckless widow, love is the most dangerous game of all.
Caroline, Lady Beaumont, arrives in London seeking excitement after ten dreary years of marriage and an even drearier year of mourning. That means conquering society, dancing like there’s no tomorrow, and taking a lover to provide passion without promises. Promises, in this dashing widow’s dictionary, equal prison. So what is an adventurous lady to do when she loses her heart to a notorious rake who, for the first time in his life, wants forever?
Devilish Silas Nash, Viscount Stone is in love at last—with a beautiful, headstrong widow bent on playing the field. Worse, she’s enlisted his help to set her up with his disreputable best friend. No red-blooded man takes such a challenge lying down, and Silas schemes to seduce his darling into his arms, warm, willing and besotted. But will his passionate plots come undone against a woman determined to act the mistress, but never the wife?
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Caroline Beaumont is almost at the end of her mourning period. After a childhood with a tyrannical father, then a ten year boring marriage with a man she didn’t love, Caroline is itching to have some fun and live. She is determined to never be under any man’s control again, and decides she will never remarry. Her two friends, Helena and Fenella, are also recent widows. They decide to call themselves the Dashing Widows, and are determined to take London by storm.
Helena has a brother, Silas Nash, Viscount Stone, who has been a great support and friend to Caroline during her mourning period. Little does Caroline know that this former rake fell head over heels in love with her almost immediately, and is only biding his time until she’s back in circulation. For the first time, Silas wants marriage and forever, the exact opposite of what Caroline is seeking. To make matters worse, she seeks his advice in choosing her first lover, and favors one of his best friends.
As Silas begins his campaign to win Caroline, you are bound to smile, if not laugh out loud, at some of the defects he manufactures for her potential lovers. Though things eventually heat up between this couple, Caroline is determined not to fall in love or become caged again. Soon her stubbornness has any chance of a happy ever after looking very slim indeed.
My heart began to break for poor Silas, as it looked like Caroline would never give in. Once he fell, he left his rakish ways behind and only wanted one woman. I found myself wanting to urge Caroline to open her eyes and see that the love being offered to her didn’t come with a cage, only a chance for an exciting and passion filled future.
THE SEDUCTION OF LORD STONE packed a lot of love, humor, and great reading into a short novella. This is a lovely start to the Dashing Widows series, and I highly recommend it, and am eagerly looking forward to the next installment from Anna Campbell.