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Friday, October 7, 2011

A Scandalous Proposition by Wendy Solimon

A Scandalous Proposition by Wendy Solimon
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (220 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Orchid

Hampshire, 1809

When a beautiful woman bursts into Lord Adam Fitzroy's room at an inn seeking refuge, he assists her. His curiosity is piqued when he later spots her entering the local house of ill repute. The next day he is shocked when his mother introduces the woman as her new paid companion. His mother adores Florentina, so Adam agrees to keep her nightly activities a secret...on one condition: she must spend one wicked night with him.

Florentina Grantley is both scandalized and intrigued at the prospect, but she worries that the dashing war hero will quickly discern her lack of experience. True, she's no innocent—but she's a widow, not a whore. Yet she can't explain the true reason behind her alliance with the brothel's madam, or the danger she faces if exposed.

As their initial tryst grows into something deeper, the stakes become higher. What will Adam do when he discovers Florentina's deception?

Florentina is running from danger and throws herself on the mercy of Lord Fitzroy. She escapes her pursuer but is horrified when she discovers the identity of the man who has rescued her.

Adam, Lord Fitzroy has returned from Spain to see his mother. His ailing brother, James, has married Adam’s sweetheart. The Dowager Duchess assumes her younger son is heartbroken but Adam feels relief he didn’t propose before he left for the war. His major concern is Florentina. He discovers she is his mother’s companion, but he knows she also frequents the local brothel. When he tries to take advantage of this knowledge he realizes all is not as it seems. Adam sets out to find the truth regarding Florentina but his new sister-in-law seems determined to thwart him at every turn.

Definitely a regency worth reading. Florentina is true to her Spanish blood, full of fire and passion. Adam is the epitome of a Regency gentleman, pure as the driven snow in public, but in private a man driven by his passion. Continuously pulled apart and pushed together, the pair are drawn into each others arms. The barrier between them is Florentina’s secret life and her willingness to put herself in danger for Adam’s sake.

While reading this story I could swear I was right there, watching their every move and wishing I could help. The new Duchess complicated the story and I longed to tell her what I thought of her, but I needn’t have worried. Both Adam and Florentina were aware of her tricks. Most of the characters showed a surprising side to their natures. This turned them from typical regency characters into real people and made the book much more enjoyable.

This book is a true regency but beware: it is definitely a sizzling hot read and should not be picked up by the faint-hearted.