Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date published: September 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Obtained from publisher
Reviewed by Pam
Lord Sebastien Boscastle, 1st Baron Boscastle of Wycliffe, has a problem persuading his neglected wife he has truly returned to stay. After six years of intrigue, espionage and duty to his country, while working for the Duke of Wellington, he finds the devoted woman he left has changed.
Lady Eleanor Boscastle has made a new life for herself while aiding Catherine the Duchess of Wellington, who wants to keep her husband’s lover’s letters a secret, knowing the contents would upset her children.
When Sebastien and Eleanor begin working together, mayhem ensues as he’s determined to get her to stop her masquerade, while she wants to prove how good she is. Sebastien becomes suspicious of her cousin Will, and the portrait painter Lord Nathan Bellisant, who is obviously in love with Eleanor. Presuming one of them is guilty the romp continues as they chase each other around London society. From society to brothels and mixing with ladies of the street, but the ending does have a very unexpected twist in this tale.
Witty in places, A WICKED LORD AT THE WEDDING had a very odd beginning, which I found a little strange, as it began in the present, then suddenly the reader was flung back to when they met. The idea for the plot was intriguing, but fell over in some ways, as no woman in society would have done what Eleanor did. Most of the story is a constant face off as they each try to go one better than the other in their search.
The seduction scenes were handled well as there is nothing very proper about either of the main characters. He has realized he’s still madly in love with his wife, so tries to gauge her feelings for him. She looks forward to their sexual encounters but wonders if it is love making or only lust, but it doesn’t stop them wanting each other.
The setting, the intrigue and the sex scenes make up for historical correctness, as they rush around London and into the countryside in their game of one-up-man-ship.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.