Image of In the Thrill of the Night (Merry Widows)


Image of In the Thrill of the Night (Merry Widows)
In this first of her Merry Widows books, Hern introduces a secret society of five respectable ladies who seek pleasure but not marriage.

Though it is difficult for Marianne Nesbitt to contemplate loving a man other than her deceased husband, David, she wonders what it would be like to bed another man.

Taking a lover requires courage Marianne doesn't quite have, so she turns to David's best friend, Adam Cazenove, for advice. Known for his rakish lifestyle, Adam seems the ideal tutor and adviser -- except that he promised David he'd take care of Marianne and he's been in love with her for years. If he hadn't become betrothed he'd apply for the position himself.

Adam devises a clever scheme to thwart Marianne's plans for seduction, but he falls into his own trap and, after one night of exquisite passion, he can never let her love another man.

This delectable tale shimmers with humor and sexual tension that only someone with Hern's sensibilities about the era and women's fantasies could write. Here is the idle night's guilty pleasure. SENSUAL (Feb., 304 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin