Wedding Affairby Leigh Michaels
You're invited to the wedding of the year!
The Duke of Somervale, whose sister's wedding is the event of the ton, is fighting off debutantes and desperately needs help from beautiful, stubborn Olivia Reyne. But she is engrossed with problems engulfing her dearest friends and family. The last thing Olivia needs is to be embroiled with a duke whose dark gaze makes… See more details below
You're invited to the wedding of the year!
The Duke of Somervale, whose sister's wedding is the event of the ton, is fighting off debutantes and desperately needs help from beautiful, stubborn Olivia Reyne. But she is engrossed with problems engulfing her dearest friends and family. The last thing Olivia needs is to be embroiled with a duke whose dark gaze makes her forget herself entirely...
Discover a new side of a beloved author as Leigh Michaels draws you into the glittering, glitzy world of Regency England and an affair you'll never forget.
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When the heavy brass knocker fell against the front door, the crash echoed through the cottage. Olivia ignored it. She wasn't expecting callers; she wasn't prepared for callers; and she didn't want to greet callers.
But barely half a minute later, the knocker dropped once more. She abandoned the bread dough she'd been kneading and wiped her hands on her apron. The baking was late already, and this interruption wasn't going to help.
As she crossed the narrow hall, she noticed a dusting of flour on her blue muslin skirt and brushed feebly at it, but she managed only to make the smear look worse.
The man waiting on the doorstep was short, stout, and past middle-aged. His face was red, as if the warmth of the day was too much for him, or perhaps his neckcloth was just too tight. He looked astounded to see her there. "Lady Reyne, where are your servants today?"
All two of them? Olivia wanted to answer. But she didn't think Sir Jasper Folsom really wished to know that this was the housemaid's weekly afternoon out or that Nurse was upstairs putting Charlotte down for her nap. And since he hadn't asked about Kate Blakely, who was Olivia's guest, she felt no need to explain that Kate had gone to call at the vicarage.
At any rate, Sir Jasper was Olivia's landlord, not her keeper, so she didn't feel obliged to tell him why she was the only one available to answer her door in the middle of a sunny Wednesday afternoon.
She smiled vaguely. "I find it terribly boring to sit and be waited on, Sir Jasper."
"You are a most unusual lady, ma'am. I have come to collect the next quarter's rent."
"Of course." Olivia hesitated and then stepped back. Better, she thought, not to have this conversation on the doorstep. "Would you care to come inside?"
He looked startled at the invitation, though an instant later he had masked the expression. He bowed and followed her into the tiny parlor, where the single window stood open and a fire had been freshly laid, ready to light in case the evening should turn cool.
Sir Jasper took off his hat and looked around the room. "Quite delightful."
Threadbare was the word Olivia would have used for the furnishings Sir Jasper had supplied along with the cottage, but she supposed there was a certain cozy charm about the mismatched chairs and the way personal items-a smock she was hemming for Charlotte, a shawl Kate had started knitting last night-were sprinkled around.
Don't be so snobbish, she told herself. The cottage wasn't grand, but it was home in a way that her previous residence had never been, and she was grateful to Sir Jasper for offering it at a rent she could afford.
At least, she had been able to afford the rent until now. She braced herself to tell him that at this moment she could not pay the entire amount she owed, but she found she couldn't come straight out with it.
"I don't keep ale in the house," Olivia said, "since we do not as a rule have gentleman callers. But I can offer you tea."
Sir Jasper smiled, displaying yellowing teeth. "That would be most welcome, my lady."
Olivia escaped to the kitchen and made the tea, rehearsing her speech under her breath as she waited for the tea to steep.
When she returned to the parlor with the tray, Sir Jasper turned from his inspection of a perfectly hideous sampler that was hanging on the wall. His gaze flicked over her a little more closely than was proper, and he smiled widely.
Olivia felt a flicker of alarm. Surely he hadn't interpreted her comment as evidence that she regarded him as a gentleman caller, rather than simply as the landlord...?
"I see you appreciate my mother's needlework," he said.
Olivia had found the sampler wadded in a cupboard when she moved in, and she had hung it only because it was large enough to cover a badly stained spot on the wall. But she lied without a qualm. "I was delighted to add it to the everyday view from my favorite chair. If you could clear a corner of the table, Sir Jasper-I do beg your pardon for having to ask."
"Not at all, my lady. With your servants away, I am happy to assist." He moved a book, a half-written letter, and Kate's as-yet-unrecognizable shawl out of Olivia's way so she could set down the tray.
Olivia poured the tea and drew a breath to begin explaining.
Sir Jasper sipped. "I'm sure you're excited by the news. The entire countryside is agog."
"What news?" She was almost relieved to be interrupted, though also surprised. Rarely did anything worthy of comment happen in Steadham; Olivia found the quiet to be one of the village's greatest attractions.
"The wedding, of course. Lady Daphne's wedding." He looked startled when she didn't react. "You did not receive an invitation? I would have thought... The festivities are to be held here. At Halstead, to be precise."
Halstead-one of the few country houses in England that had only one name, as if the single word made it clear to any audience what was being discussed. The country seat of the Duke of Somervale, the manor house at Halstead lay less than a mile from the village if one walked across the fields and the park. But the estate was so large and self-contained that when the family was not in residence, it was easy for the villagers to forget the manor lay so close by.
In the months since she had arrived in Steadham village, Olivia had seen Halstead only from a distance. Apparently that wasn't going to change in the foreseeable future. But then, she would have expected nothing else.
Sir Jasper went on, "The wedding itself is to be in the village church, I understand."
He understood? Then Sir Jasper must not have received an invitation, either. That surprised Olivia much more than the fact she had not been included on the guest list-for though Sir Jasper was a mere baronet, he must have been a neighbor of the Somervale family for years.
"I felt sure you would be invited," he mused. "As the widow of an earl... but the duchess is even higher in the instep than I believed."
"It's hardly a snub for me not to be included, Sir Jasper. So far as I am aware, I have never met any of the family, and I doubt the duchess even knows I've taken up residence in the neighborhood." Or would care in the slightest, if she knew.
Sir Jasper's face had tightened as if the mere mention of a snub had made his own exclusion sting more.
So Olivia hurried on. "Perhaps it's a very small wedding-just the family."
"A small wedding? For one of the Somervales? That family doesn't know the meaning of the word."
The firm click of the empty cup as he set it down made Olivia fear for her mother's china; she had managed to save fewer than a dozen good pieces as it was.
"But perhaps you are correct," Sir Jasper went on. "Now I must continue my rounds. The rent, Lady Reyne?"
Olivia's fingers trembled as she took her reticule from under the smock in her sewing basket and opened it. "I can give you half of the rent today, Sir Jasper, but I'm not able to pay for the entire three months right now. I had hoped to make an agreement in regard to the remainder."
He was silent for so long that the rattle of a carriage wheel in the road outside the parlor window seemed to echo through the room. "What sort of agreement did you have in mind?" His tone was low and suggestive.
Dread trickled down her spine, but Olivia kept her voice level. "I shall be able to give you the remainder at the beginning of next month."
He sniffed. "And I'm to simply take your promise for that, I suppose."
"I am not accustomed to having my word questioned, Sir Jasper. In any case, I would still be paying in advance-just not quite as far ahead as before."
"And then I suppose you plan to continue this practice month after month? I'm not accustomed to waiting for what is owed to me, my lady. What's the difficulty, anyway?"
Meet the Author
Leigh Michaels is the author of 80 romance novels with more than 35 million copies sold. A six time RITA finalist, she has also received two RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice awards, and the Johnson Brigham Award. She teaches romance writing on the internet at Gotham Writers' Workshop. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.
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This book is multifaceted. I was enchanted by the fact that you get multiple romances in one book, almost making it seem as if you got three romances for the price of one. It also is complex enough with characters fleshed out enough to keep one engrossed for hours!
As always, Ms. Michaels, provides us with a fantastic read filled with whitty banter and characters you can't help but wants to smack for their blindness all while you fall in love with them. This and her other Regency Romance books are a must read.
THE WEDDING AFFAIR by Leigh Michaels is an exciting historical romance set in Regency England. It is written with depth, details, characters will capture your heart who are also engaging and full of spunk.The plot is believable,enjoyable with a little humor between characters. While,you are invited to the wedding of the year,you will find that behind the scenes,three heros,three heroines,and three romance stories are taking place. First, three Lady Olivia Reyne,the widow of a earl with a three year old child and Simon,the Duke of Somervale,whose sister's wedding and he is finding off the young debutantes of the ton.Then we have Kate Blakely,the daughter of a deceased vicar and Andrew Carlisle,a tutor and adventurer or so it seems. And then last but not least we have the Earl and Countess of Townsend(Charles and Penelope),Charles is an Earl who married a heiress,but seems to have little love for her,due to her father's demands for a grandchild or no money.This story has romance, a sweet sensuality,a bit of humor,a touch of for longing,some misunderstandings,a few secrets,a lot of wisdom and love. A must read full of passion,adventure and Regency England. "The Wedding Affair" is truly the wedding of the year the a story you won't want to miss. This book was received for review from the publisher.Details can be found at Sourcebooks,Inc.and My Book Addiction Reviews.
Not a terrible story, but not overly compelling. Unfortunately, it was also very predictable.
I enjoyed this book. It wasn't anything outstanding but a good read.
It is a cute story line and keeps your attention, however the sexual and bdrm scenes are very detailed. did not add to the story and I am delelteing it from library. It could have been one of the more enjoyable of my reads if not for the explicit sex.
And they are all romantic! Excellent book.
A young woman in need of a future, a widow hiding from her past and a Lady who is a wife in name only: All three will have to prove they have the courage to take their destinies in hand. Their reward will be worth far more than silver and gold but the risk to their hearts may be just as pricey. If a theme could be set for the first trilogy by Leigh Michaels, Just One Season in London, it would be "Sacrifice". In this new trio of stories that overlap within themselves in The Wedding Affair, the theme is clearly "Courage". Lady Olivia Reyne has a past that is threatening to destroy any future she might build for herself and her daughter. When the charming and charismatic Simon, Duke of Somervale persuades her to help him avoid a gaggle of bridesmaids, she convinces herself that it will be a short term affair with no lasting effects on her heart. Love is never that convenient or obedient. Kate Blakely has a very limited window in which to set the course for her future. She has the opportunity to choose the easy, staid and secure way or she can put herself in the path of someone who will whisk her away from the "small town vicar's daughter" life and onto an adventure. Kate is concentrating so hard on making the best decision she almost doesn't notice the one man who is everything she ever wanted and wants to give her everything she needs. The third arc of this book involves the Lady Penelope Townsend. Her story really touched my heart because she appears to have everything on the outside but behind closed doors she missing the one thing her father's money couldn't buy. Love. I liked Penelope's story best because she's married but obviously in name only and she decides that she wants more than a roommate, she want a husband. I initially got the impression that Penelope was timid and a bit brow beat by her father and the ladies maid he chose for her. Thankfully, that meekness doesn't last and Penelope comes out of her shell to prove she's strong enough to stand beside her husband rather than in his shadow. If you read Just One Season in London, you know the stories transition swiftly and smoothly between one another. There is some head hopping but it lends more detail to a scene rather than making it confusing. Ms. Michaels does a fabulous job of creating characters that have you cheering for their HEA as well as enjoying the journey. Her writing style is flawless for the period and the sensual scenes are hot enough to singe your fingers. I understand there is to be one more book in the triad story series. I'm looking forward to seeing how Ms. Michaels takes a theme and weaves it into the lives of so many unique and fantastic characters. They draw you in, they make you fall in love, and you won't want to put it down! Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews