LORD LANGLEY IS BACK IN TOWN
This may be the best Standon Widows book yet! Boyle delivers on all levels bringing a delightful cast of eccentric characters — who can resist the nannies, a bad-boy hero and prim heroine? — straight into readers’ hearts. It’s pure indulgent pleasure.
Everyone thinks Lord Langley has been dead for two years, but he’s back. He heads to the house his daughter chose as his hideout while he finds the men who framed him for treason. Minerva Sterling has sworn off marriage, but when all five of Lord Langley’s ex-mistresses storm into her home followed by the man himself climbing up the drainpipe into her bedroom, Minerva changes her mind, fast. She agrees to a “betrothal,” saving Lord Langley from his women and Minerva from social ruin. Langley is entranced by the starchy Minerva and determined to uncover the passionate woman under the flannel nightgown — which won’t be easy if he abides by her rules of no kissing, no scandals and definitely no seductions. But, he has to clear his name as well. In the blink of an eye they are caught in several villains’ traps and each other’s arms. (AVON, Jun., 380 pp., $7.99)