When Lord Graydon is summoned by the devil himself, the Earl of Cardemore, he is concerned. Still, he's shocked at the earl's proposal; Graydon shall escort the earl's sister, Lily, during her London season. What could possibly be wrong with the chit?
When they meet, nothing appears wrong with Lily. She is the most beautiful young woman in the room. Her sweet silence enchants him until he notices she is too silent; Lily is mute.
Lily has not spoken since a childhood illness stole her ability to speak. She has longed for a season, but fears being in public, until the handsome Lord Graydon appears at her side.
Graydon is captivated by Lily and falls hopelessly in love with her. Neither realize the depths to which the earl will go to ensure Lily and Graydon marry. When they are kidnapped and compromised, they are forced to wed, but it is a marriage they both desire.
Along with the tender and moving love story between Lily and Graydon, there is the amusing tale of Lily's cousin Isabella and Graydon's best friend, Lord Daltry, as well as a mature romance between the earl and Lily's aunt. All in all, BEGUILED is a charming, sweet, emotionally satisfying read for those who enjoyed Mary Balogh's Silent Melody. SENSUAL (Apr., 300 pp., $4.99)