A BREATH OF SCANDAL
Essex’s second Reckless Bride certainly suits the title. The bold heroine easily wins readers’ hearts, along with her officer and gentleman hero. Essex brings a breath of fresh and funny air to the Regency while her stylish writing and intelligent characters appeal to hearts and minds. Pure, delicious, sexy pleasure awaits readers.
Unwilling to agree to the engagement her family desires, Antigone Preston decides only a scandal will do. But punching a nobleman on the dance floor may be going too far! Her reputation in ruins, Antigone’s only champion is the stranger whose eyes meet hers in the ballroom. Career Navy man and earl’s son Captain William Jellicoe finds the fiery-tempered Antigone a delight. He’s never met a woman as bold and adventurous as he is. There is no holding them back from taking the ballrooms, back alleys, taverns and brothels of London by storm. But every action has its consequences, and while the sexual tension rises, William and Antigone wonder if their lives and love can withstand more than a little scandal. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jan., 340 pp., $7.99)