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Lady Windermere's Lover

Lady Windermere's Lover

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by Miranda Neville

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Hell hath no fury . . .

Damian, Earl of Windermere, rues the day he drunkenly gambled away his family's estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. Now, after hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is finally called home, only to discover that his modest bride has become an alluring beauty—and rumor has it that she's taken a lover.


Hell hath no fury . . .

Damian, Earl of Windermere, rues the day he drunkenly gambled away his family's estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. Now, after hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is finally called home, only to discover that his modest bride has become an alluring beauty—and rumor has it that she's taken a lover. Damian vows to keep his wife from straying again, but to do so he must seduce her—and protect his heart from falling for the wife he never knew he wanted.

Lady Cynthia never aspired to be the subject of scandal.

Lady Cynthia never aspired to be the subject of scandal. But with her husband off gallivanting across Persia, what was a lady to do? Flirting shamelessly with his former best friend seemed like the perfect revenge . . . except no matter how little Damian deserves her loyalty, Cynthia can't bring herself to be unfaithful. But now that the scoundrel has returned home, Cynthia isn't about to forgive his absence so easily—even if his presence stirs something in her she'd long thought dead and buried. He might win her heart . . . if he can earn her forgiveness!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The third book in the Wild Quartet (after The Ruin of a Rogue) features the previously absent Damian, Lord Windermere. Damian, the steadiest of four expelled Oxford companions, unwillingly married Cynthia Chorley in order to reclaim his childhood home, which had been purchased by her uncle. He then took a diplomatic post in Persia. Cynthia tries to make the best of her life alone in London, spending time with her absent husband’s friends. When Damian’s diplomat bosses summon him home to wheedle an art collection out of the hands of his former best friend, the Duke of Denford, who’s rumored to be Cynthia’s lover, the spouses are forced to reunite. The plot focuses on the love triangle and the external pressures on Cynthia and Damian’s relationship, with the diplomatic intrigue taking a definite secondary role. Neville makes numerous references to the events and characters of the previous books; newcomers will not be lost, but series fans will get the most from this installment. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
A year after marrying his wife—a commoner—to regain an estate he gambled away, Damian, Earl of Windermere, is surprised to find himself drawn to the accomplished beauty he married.After Damian lost Beaulieu on his 21st birthday, he completely changed his life, giving up the wild ways he'd adopted at Oxford. He pursued a life in the diplomatic service, distancing himself from his college friends and becoming increasingly estranged from his former best friend, Julian, who had since inherited a dukedom as well as the town house next to his own in London. Then, six years later, he married Cynthia, whose uncle held the deed to Beaulieu and refused to sell, practically blackmailing Damian into the marriage in order to tie his family to a title. Returning to London after a yearlong posting in Persia he accepted immediately after his wedding, Damian is shocked to discover that the backward, dowdy wife he left in the country has blossomed into a fashionable London lady he's proud to call his own. Unfortunately, she also seems to have taken up with his old circle of friends, and rumor has it she's involved with Julian. Lady Cynthia has a number of secrets, but she's not involved with Julian beyond friendship, and while she and Damian seem to be growing closer, his insistence that she apologize for an affair she didn't have is infuriating. Of course, his lack of trust in her makes it more difficult to divulge her other subterfuges, as well. Then there's the matter of Damian's job, his ex-mistress, his sinister mentor and his inability to embrace aspects of his past that brought him joy. Is it possible that if Cynthia helps him face his past and become more aligned with his true nature, they might find lasting love?A smart, witty and emotionally dense love story that explores friendship and trust along its passionate and compelling journey.
From the Publisher
"Neville takes a clever premise, likable protagonists, and a broken relationship that needs mending, adds a few old secrets, plenty of political machinations, and a touch of jealousy and spins it into a lively tale of mystery and romance that adds another chapter to her popular quartet." ---Library Journal
Library Journal
Seven years ago, on his 21st birthday, a drunken Damian lost his late mother's estate, Beaulieu, in a card game—and vowed to get it back, whatever it took. What it took was marriage to a woman he didn't want and he abruptly left for diplomatic business abroad. Now, Damian, Earl of Windermere, has returned to find that his quiet wife, Cynthia, has become a sought-after beauty—one who supposedly has taken a lover, Julian Fortescue, the Duke of Denford, Damian's former good friend. But all is not as it seems, and as Damian sets out to reclaim his wife, Cynthia isn't about to let things go on as before, and it doesn't take Damian long to learn she isn't the naïve wife he left behind. That Damian is on a secret mission for the Crown to locate a missing art collection that Denford is reputed to have in his possession simply adds to the fun. VERDICT Neville takes a clever premise, likable protagonists, and a broken relationship that needs mending, adds a few old secrets, plenty of political machinations, and a touch of jealousy and spins it into a lively tale of mystery and romance that adds another chapter to her popular quartet. Neville (The Ruin of a Rogue) lives in rural Vermont.

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Meet the Author

Miranda Neville is the author of the Burgundy Club series and the novel Never Resist Temptation. She has also had novellas published in three anthologies. She grew up in England, loving the books of Georgette Heyer and other historical romances. She now lives in Vermont with her daughter and her cat. Visit her at mirandaneville.com.

Charlotte Anne Dore has been recording audiobooks since 2011, most of which have been historical romances. She has worked in film and television, but she mostly works in live theater and performance, with a focus on historical reenactments, ghost tours, mystery shows, and storytelling.

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Lady Windermere's Lover 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
Lady Windermere's Lover is the third book in The Wild Quartet series, historical romances that are based on four friends whom were all scoundrels in their younger years, who each find a woman that they can settle down with, with each book focusing on a different friend this time around we have Damien, Earl Of Windermere, returning from a year away to reunite with his wife Cynthia. Having an arranged marriage wasn't in Damien's plans, but when he is bribed with marrying a stranger for the title of his late Mother's estate Beaulieu which he lost gambling ten years ago and which resulted in his being estranged from his friends he jumps at the chance, only spending two weeks with his new wife before up and leaving for his job, when he left Cynthia she was dowdy with no sense of style and not fluent in French in which he spoke to her for in the little time they spent together, believing that with she being married to a Foreign Officer as he, she should be expected to learn and learn fast. So it comes as a bit of a shock when he arrives home and doesn't even recognise his own wife, believing that his wife has also been having an affair in his absence with their next door Julian, Duke Of Denford and Damien's former best-friend, he decides that she is his and she will no longer associate with Julian especially since his new task at work is to investigate some paintings that are believed to be in Julian's possession. But it's not long before Damien realises what a mistake he made in not getting to know Cynthia when they first married, and he plans to rectify that if only they can get all their secrets out in the open and learn to trust each other, they may find that they are perfect for each other, and together they will only be stronger. At first I really wasn't a fan of Damien's, it took me quite a while to warm up to him, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed the romance between he and Cynthia, and I was so glad that they sorted themselves out. This was the first book in the series that I've read, while I feel that maybe I perhaps missed out on some of the storyline from the first two books this still read really well as a standalone, I do plan on rectifyig that at some point and reading the series the whole way through, it was still a really enjoyable book that I read in one sitting, and I look forward to the others, this is historical romance done well.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Damian would do anything to get his family estate back. He married a lady so he could get the property back and after a brief time with her left. Now a year later he has come back to rumors that his wife has a lover. Not just any lover but a man he used to call friend and the man responsible for him losing his estate. Cynthia never really had the chance to know her husband before he left. She has done what he asked and learned to improve herself. She has also decided she to use some harmless flirting to get her husband back. It backfires on her when Damian doesn't believe that she has had a lover. Now she is trying to convince him she is an innocent and get their marriage on good grounds. Both are stubborn and have to learn to talk before it will work out. Cynthia in some ways is a vixen. She hasn't cheated on her husband but she does hope rumors will bring him home. She buys stuff that she really doesn't like to get even with him. She believes in helping others who need it and comes up with some good ways of doing it. She has a curiosity about her as well that works great for Damian. Damian can be moody, hard headed and stubborn. Yet like Cynthia you can't help be drawn to him. I love when he finally begins to open up to her and shows his softer side. Besides two great main character i enjoyed this story for the plot and background. It has a cause in it I had not heard of but am now going to look up. It is fascinating and shows how little some woman had a say in historical times. I love how Cynthia steps in to help them in her own way. There is also an element of danger as someone wants some paintings and thinks Cynthia is the key to getting them. Damian has to grow a lot in this book and open his eyes. He does open his heart but still fights to see the truth. I love how they both want each other but for different reasons fight it. If you enjoy historical romance books this is a must try.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Wild Quartet. Lady Windermere, Cynthia, has lived the last year without her husband. Shortly after their marriage, Lord Windermere took a government assignment out of the country. Since then, she has been hanging out with her friends and basically living her life as she wants with no husband to answer to.  Damian, Lord Windermere, didn’t want to get married but found it was the only way that he could get the deed to his mother’s home from the owner. He lost the deed to his mother’s home during a card game with one of his best friends. Unfortunately, that friend lost it to someone else later that night. The owner would only give it back to Damian if he married the owner’s niece.  During their time apart, Cynthia has spent a lot of time with Damian's former best friend. Now that Damian is back, he forbids Cynthia from spending time with him. Even though Damian believes she has been unfaithful to him, Cynthia just couldn't bring herself to have an affair. Even though Damian never wanted this marriage he finds himself falling for his wife. Can he make this a real marriage after that way he had treated his wife? I really enjoyed this story. Cynthia has been a secondary character in the previous stories and what little information we were given about her, had me on pins and needles waiting for her story. She has had an on-going flirtation with the Duke of Danford, who use to be one of her husband’s best friends. I also wanted to know why Damian married Cynthia and then soon abandoned her. Neville did not disappoint me!  We see Damian come back into his wife’s life and demanding that she end her affair with Danford. She is not willing to do so (even though it never got physical). Damian was not around for her and Danford was. She is not willing to give up her friendship. I really liked that she stood up for herself and didn't let Damian run all over her. The story also included the dynamics of Damian's relationship with his former friends. Cynthia had become friends with them and had one type of relationship with them and then Damian had to re-establish his relationships. This added another level to the plot development. Neville's next story in the series is the Duke of Danford's. I can't wait to read it!! Thanks go to Avon via Edelweiss for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A lovely and sweet historical romance, Lady Windermere's Lover was a wonderful read. I really liked this sweet book and I really enjoyed reading it. Cynthia was a great heroine. I really liked how she gained strength and decided she wasn't going to take less then what she deserved from her husband. She might have bowed to his whims at the start of their marriage, but she wasn't going to do that anymore. And, she was a genuinely kind and likable character. I thought she was lovely. Damian was also good. He started out as, honestly, a bit of a jerk. He was angry about having to marry to regain the estate that he never should have lost in the first place and took it out on Cynthia. So, at the start of their marriage, it was a lot of indifference and contempt on his side. But, when he returned, he had to fight to get the favor of his wife and that snapped him out of it. He still had moments of being an idiot and being remarkably oblivious, but he realized his mistakes and tried to correct them. By the end of the book, I quite liked him. The romance was okay. I felt like a need more of it, though. It took a while for Cynthia and Damian to actually talk and start working out their issues. And, while they were waiting on that, they acted distant. But, they were still good together, when they finally got to work. And, there was definitely some heat between them. I thought they were great together. The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. I enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. Lady Windermere's Lover was a wonderful historical romance. It was a sweet, lovely book that I really enjoyed reading. Romance lovers, you'll want to check this book out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters in this book. Happy with the way it turned out!
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skelley55 More than 1 year ago
This is not my favorite Miranda Neville book.  Damian is a jerk for a large part of the book.  I just had a hard time developing  real interest in his character.  In fact, I was rooting for Julian to pull out to be the hero.
Susan_in_AZ More than 1 year ago
This is not Miranda's best work; however, it is still fabulous, historically consistent with the era, and heartbreaking in its own way. The hero had a lot of work to do to get his wife to take him back into any kind of non-superficial relationship.