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A Scandalous Proposition

A Scandalous Proposition

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by Wendy Soliman

Hampshire, 1809

When a beautiful woman bursts into Lord Adam Fitzroy's room at an inn seeking refuge, he assists her. His curiosity is piqued when he later spots her entering the local house of ill repute. The next day he is shocked when his mother introduces the woman as her new paid companion. His mother adores Florentina, so Adam agrees to keep


Hampshire, 1809

When a beautiful woman bursts into Lord Adam Fitzroy's room at an inn seeking refuge, he assists her. His curiosity is piqued when he later spots her entering the local house of ill repute. The next day he is shocked when his mother introduces the woman as her new paid companion. His mother adores Florentina, so Adam agrees to keep her nightly activities a secret…on one condition: she must spend one wicked night with him.

Florentina Grantley is both scandalized and intrigued at the prospect, but she worries that the dashing war hero will quickly discern her lack of experience. True, she's no innocent—but she's a widow, not a whore. Yet she can't explain the true reason behind her alliance with the brothel's madam, or the danger she faces if exposed.

As their initial tryst grows into something deeper, the stakes become higher. What will Adam do when he discovers Florentina's deception?

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Major Lord Adam Fitzroy closed the door to the private parlour he'd taken at the Three Feathers, obliterating the curious glances directed his way by the occupants of the tap room. With a weary sigh, he unfastened the tattered green tunic that identified him as a serving officer with the 95th Rifles and sank into a chair next to the fire. He rested his dusty boots on the table in front of it, unsure whether he was annoyed or relieved at the disruption to his plans. Eyes closed, he pinched the bridge of his nose in a futile attempt to relieve the tension that had been steadily building as he got closer to home.

His first action upon opening them again was to take a long swallow from the tankard resting at his elbow. He felt the warm ale trickle slowly down his insides and waited for it to soothe away his recurring memories of Corunna and the privations suffered by his men in the ensuing retreat. It would require something a deal stronger than the local ale to achieve that ambition. But he took another draught anyway, forcing himself to relax.

He listened with a half an ear to the bustle outside as the stage prepared to leave. The coachman's voice was discernible above the hubbub, exhorting his passengers to take their seats quickly because he had a schedule to keep. He displayed scant sympathy for the plight of an elderly lady who'd misplaced her reticule.

The door opened and the landlord appeared with a fresh jug of foaming ale.

"Thought you might be in need of a refill, Major." Without waiting for a reply he topped up Adam's tankard. "I dare say you saw action at Corunna." Adam inclined his head. "I knew it! I said to my wife, there's a gent wot's seen a thing or two in the services of his country. You're a hero, that's wot you are, sir."

Adam's lips twisted into a mirthless parody of a smile. The only heroes associated with the entire fiasco had been the ones who'd made the ultimate sacrifice. Before he could think of a suitable response, the door opened again and the landlord's wife bustled in with a laden tray.

"Here we are, Major." He helped his wife to unload copious amounts of food onto the table that had recently acted as Adam's footrest. "My wife's mutton stew, fresh bread and boiled potatoes. You won't find an establishment wot keeps a better table hereabouts, even as I do say so myself." He beamed and refilled Adam's tankard for a third time.

"Thank you." Adam eyed the mountain of food with apprehension. There was enough there to feed four men and he had no appetite to speak of.

"I dare say it's been a while since you sampled honest English fare, but nothing's too good for our heroes, that's wot I say. And I won't be taking a penny from you for all this, sir, so there's no good your thinking as I will."

"No, really, I'm well able to pay for my supper." The landlord looked shocked, and rather affronted, to have his hospitality thrown back in his face. "But if you insist then I thank you." Feeling as though he were back in the schoolroom, Adam picked up his knife and fork and reluctantly took a bite of mutton. "Delicious!"

The landlord exchanged a satisfied smile with his wife. "Wot did I tell you?" He threw another log on the fire, sending a shower of sparks flying up the chimney and smoke billowing into the room.

"We'll leave you to it then, sir, if there's nothing else you'll be wanting. You won't be disturbed in here, so you don't need to be worrying about that. I can tell you need some privacy and no one'll bother you or they'll have me to answer to."

Meet the Author

Wendy Soliman is a British who shares her life with her husband and a rescued dog of indeterminate pedigree. Wendy was brought up on the Isle of  Wight, surrounded by historic buildings and lots of water - factors that influenced the historical romances and  marine crime mysteries she writes for Carina Press.

Wendy enjoys reading, walking her dog and savouring decent wine.

Visit Wendy's website at http://www.wendysoliman.com




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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. 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
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
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 review