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Posted October 8, 2011
Florentina is running from danger and throws herself on the mercy of Lord Fitzroy. She escapes her pursuer but is horrified when she discovers the identity of the man who has rescued her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Adam, Lord Fitzroy has returned from Spain to see his mother. His ailing brother, James, has married Adam's sweetheart. The Dowager Duchess assumes her younger son is heartbroken but Adam feels relief he didn't propose before he left for the war. His major concern is Florentina. He discovers she is his mother's companion, but he knows she also frequents the local brothel. When he tries to take advantage of this knowledge he realizes all is not as it seems. Adam sets out to find the truth regarding Florentina but his new sister-in-law seems determined to thwart him at every turn.
Definitely a regency worth reading. Florentina is true to her Spanish blood, full of fire and passion. Adam is the epitome of a Regency gentleman, pure as the driven snow in public, but in private a man driven by his passion. Continuously pulled apart and pushed together, the pair are drawn into each others arms. The barrier between them is Florentina's secret life and her willingness to put herself in danger for Adam's sake.
While reading this story I could swear I was right there, watching their every move and wishing I could help. The new Duchess complicated the story and I longed to tell her what I thought of her, but I needn't have worried. Both Adam and Florentina were aware of her tricks. Most of the characters showed a surprising side to their natures. This turned them from typical regency characters into real people and made the book much more enjoyable.
This book is a true regency but beware: it is definitely a sizzling hot read and should not be picked up by the faint-hearted.
Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Posted September 3, 2011
A Scandalous Proposition by Wendy Soliman ISBN 978-1-4268-9221-9 Southern England 1809 Major Lord Adam Fitzroy had been fighting with the 95th Rifles in Spain and was heading home for furlough and had stopped at an Inn. He felt worn down and the images of all he has seen haunted him. On top of that he was to go home and see the woman he thought he would marry, Philippa, now married to his brother James and the new Duchess of Southsea Court. There was a disturbance in the hall and suddenly a woman was in his parlor, he could tell she was distressed and someone was after her so he quickly hid her. After her pursuer was convinced to leave and she settled in to eat with Adam, he seen how beautiful she was. She looked to be from Spain with her dark skin and hair. The woman introduced herself as Mrs. Simon Smith. She was heading the same way as Adam so he took her with her and dropped her off a church in the town. Then he went to visit Christine at Chamberleigh, the local brothel of higher class Courtesans. Suddenly Mrs. Smith burst into Christine's rooms. Adam felt angered that she had fooled him. No wonder she was running from that man. Christine called the woman Florentina. The next day when he went to see his mother at the Dowager cottage she had moved into since Philippa married James. He had heard much about her new companion, Mrs. Grantley.. Mother called her Tina and when the woman entered the room she was none other then Mrs Smith. This woman, a courtesan was keeping his mother company, Adam is outraged. When she leaves to run an errand for his mother he follows out of the house and makes a scandalous proposition, if she meets him at the Summerhouse tonight he might not tell her mother what she is. He believes this will get her out of his system and then he will have her leave. Florentina did not know what to do. She was outraged at this man's proposition. She went to talk with her friend Christine,who knew all about her life, who had been the one to rescue Tina and her siblings from a life of prostitution. Florentina was a widow not a whore but she could not tell this man the truth. It was more important to keep her family safe and others that she tried to rescue from an evil man who brought young girls and boys to England under false pretenses, just to sell them to the bawdy houses. She did meet him but Adam quickly deduced for himself that this woman was not what he thought. There are several stories within this one. Florentina & Adam's relationship, rescuing the children from Captain Dawson and his lackey Reynolds, Philippa who was going to blackmail Adam into coming back into her life and she is also with child but Adam has doubts that it is James child, James who is quite weak and ill and completely under Philapp's control. Philippa had been there for his young children when his wife Julia had died and after supposedly seducing her while drunk he could only do what was right by marrying her. There is Lord King who holds hedonistic parties and he has his eyes set on Florentina. In the end, everything comes together. **Contains sexual situations Book Received through NetGalley for reviewWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2012
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