Wednesday, May 5, 2010


A Widows Club Series Book 4
Publisher: Avon Books
Date published: February 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-149330-0
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained via Publisher

Elizabeth Ashburton has three secrets. One- she isn’t a widow; two-she isn’t as prim and proper as she is believed to be and three-she will risk everything for love.

Elizabeth has never been married and frankly, she thinks she never will. Being forced into a marriage with the man who ruined her father is not in her cards so she pretends to be a bereaved widow. When she meets Rowland Manning, she finds a man who will stir her passions and deliver her from a fate worse than death. Can Elizabeth steal Rowland’s heart before her jilted suitor turns her life into chaos? Will Rowland be able to forgive the woman he adores for the perfidy she has played upon him?

SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS BRIDE is a wonderfully told story that will leave you wanting more. With tight writing, fast paced storyline and some intriguing characters, Ms. Nash delivers a high octane ride from start to finish in her latest historical romance. There is something for everyone-mystery, passion and romance all wrapped up with a bow in SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS BRIDE.

Meet Elizabeth Ashburton, a young lady determined to get out of an arranged marriage to a man she hates with a passion. Pretending to be a widow, she finds love with the one man she is fated for- Rowland Manning, a powerful albeit illegitimate son of an Earl and a known rake. Rowland Manning is a product of his upbringing, a complex yet harsh man who finds the lush beauty of Elizabeth absolutely desirable. These two fairly lit the pages on fire while I was reading this. I loved Rowland as he was such a bad boy, it had me wondering if he would ever be reformed. I also like Elizabeth as she was his perfect match. She was feisty, sensual and determined to live her life her way and frankly, she was a refreshing breath of air in this story. Add in some wonderful secondary characters that keep the story flowing smoothly and you have the makings of an engrossing story that will leave you breathless.

I haven’t read the other three books in this series and I am off to check them out as Rowland in SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS BRIDE is the villain in a past book (Love With A Perfect Scoundrel). Ms. Nash is a wonderfully talented author who completely draws her readers into her web and spins a story so engrossing, they forget everything around them. With the right amount of sexual tension, mystery and romance aided by intriguing cast of characters, Ms. Nash delivers a story that will leave you wanting more when the last page is read. If you haven’t read any of the Widows Club Series books, I hope you can check them out soon. I look forward to more in the future from this talented writer.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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