Description: For years, Melisande Fleming has loved Lord Vale from afar… watching him seduce a succession of lovers, and once, catching a glimpse of heartbreaking depths beneath his roguish veneer. When he’s jilted on his wedding day, she boldly offers to be his.
Vale gladly weds Melisande, if only to produce an heir. But he’s pleasantly surprised: A shy and proper Lady by day, she’s a wanton at night, giving him her body—though not her heart.
Determined to learn her secrets, this sinner starts to woo his seductive new wife—while hiding the nightmares from his soldiering days in the Colonies that still haunt him. Yet when a deadly betrayal from the past threatens to tear them apart, Lord Vale must bare his soul to the woman he married…or risk losing her forever.
Review: Lord Vale has lost another prospective bride… his second in six months. One of the guests at the wedding has boldly come forward and actually proposed marriage to him. He needed a bride and she was a lady, so they were wed. Melisande happened to be in love with Jasper but due to her past, wanted to guard her heart and keep that hidden from him. Through their playful banter they learned more about each other. Jasper discovered that his prim and proper wife was a wanton at night. They each had their secrets and strove to keep them hidden or risk losing each other.
I was hooked from the start. The characters were well written and I enjoyed the playful banter between Lord and Lady Vale. Hoyt was able to keep the story going and also show some playful and emotional scenes between Jasper and Melisande. I did feel that some of the dialogue was too modern, but overall found this to be a great story.
Score: 3.5 out of 5