Date published: March 2010
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher
Lady Calpurnia Hartwell is now twenty-eight and firmly on the shelf. She is tired of being the well-mannered, follow-the-rules type that has left her in her unmarried state. Now she has decided to break some rules and have a little adventure in her life. She wants to dance every dance, steal a midnight kiss, go fencing, shoot a gun, go gambling and drink Scotch. For her midnight kiss, she knows of just the right man. Someone she’s been fantasizing about for the past ten years. Gabriel St. John, Marquess of Ralston. So, when she goes to collect her kiss, he makes her a proposition. Help his newly found Italian half-sister enter into society and he will give her a kiss she will remember. In Gabriel she finds a partner in her rule-breaking. Trouble is, those that seek adventure should never fall hopelessly and desperately in love.
I can highly recommend this entertaining story for you lovers of historical romance. You will really enjoy the characters. Callie, the virgin heroine and Ralston, who is swoon-worthy are two very different types of people. But, I am sure you will savor their adventure as they meet in dark corners, even darker gardens, empty hallways and just about anywhere where the Ton doesn’t see them. Ralston is a rumored rake, but Callie discovers another side of this enigmatic man. The other characters in this book are just as adorable. The sexual tension burns on a low flame and slowly rises higher to reach a satisfying peak. I was only wondering why Ralston was surprised that Callie was a virgin. She had already admitted to never have been kissed before. Anyways, this story will take you through the glittering Ton, have you wonder at the rich costume and make you gasp at the sensuality of Ralston. I read this in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down and I am happy to learn that this is the first of three. Maybe Ralston’s twin brother is next?
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.