CASTONBURY PARK: LADIES OF DISREPUTE
This tome combines books three and four in the Castonbury Park series, featuring the Montagues, their friends, their servants and their scandalous secrets. These ladies break the rules in order to find love with men outside the straitlaced world of the ton. The liberated heroines and intriguing, unconventional heroes will delight modern-day readers looking for an out-of-the-box Regency. The sensitive love stories, colorful backdrop and large cast of characters only add to the enjoyment.
Kaye’s “The Lady Who Broke the Rules” is Kate, who hides her shame behind her independent nature. Few know she aches for love and passion. A business venture brings wealthy American Virgil Jackson to England. A former slave, now free, Virgil has kept his mind on success — until Kate storms into his life. Kate has already scandalized society so she sees no reason she shouldn’t learn about love from a man who finds her worth the risk of scandal. Claire is Lethbridge’s “The Lady of Shame,” returning home a widow with a little girl. If she is to leave her shattered reputation behind, Claire must behave as a respectable lady. Perhaps the only person who understands her discomfort is abrasive French chef Monsieur Andre. Though attracted to Claire, Andre knows she is above his station, and his plans to open a restaurant in London leave no place for love. But soon, Claire and Andre discover that love is more important than anything. (HARLEQUIN, Jan., 504 pp., $14.95)