Seducing the Marquess

Seducing the Marquess

by Callie Hutton

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Overview

London, 1819

Richard, Marquess of Devon, has always planned on a having a typical ton marriage one of respect and affection but without messy entanglements such as love. His wife of five months, Lady Eugenia Devon, thought she was satisfied with their arrangement...until she finds the book. Captivated by the naughty details, Lady Eugenia finds herself with rather unladylike desires and begins a campaign to change the rules of her marriage.

What Lady Eugenia wants is for her very proper husband to fall in love with her. But her new daring wardrobe and undeniably wicked behavior to catch his attention lead him to an unthinkable conclusion.

Each book in the Lords&Ladies in Love series is STANDALONE:
* Seducing the Marquess
* Marrying the Wrong Earl
* Denying the Duke
* Wagering For Miss Blake
* Captivating the Earl

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633757844
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/17/2016
Series: Lords & Ladies in Love , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 29,527
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Callie Hutton, USA Today bestselling author of The Elusive Wife, writes both Western Historical and Regency romance with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional contemporary or two.

Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, a daughter-in-law, twin grandsons, and her top cheerleader husband of thirty-eight years (although thankfully not all in the same home!). Living in the Midwest provides plenty of opportunities for Callie to pursue her interests: researching American history, meeting readers, spending time with family, and discovering new adventures.

Callie loves to hear from readers and welcomes the opportunity to become friends, both in person or virtually.

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Seducing the Marquess

Lords and Ladies in Love the Series


By Callie Hutton, Erin Molta

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Callie Hutton
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-784-4


CHAPTER 1

"A woman who seeks a man's attentions will do the unexpected."

Secrets of the Bedchamber, p. 27

October, 1819

London, England


Lady Eugenia Devon's ears perked up when she heard the name Mrs. Forestor whispered by Lady Marlboro to Lady Stevenson. Unobtrusively attempting to overhear their conversation, she sipped her tea and endeavored to block out the constant blathering by Mrs. Fairchild, who had held her ears captive for more than twenty minutes.

Ever so slightly, she tilted her head in the direction of the women. "Yes, my dear, it appears she died yesterday morning. Her carriage overturned on the road from Bath. Poor thing broke her neck." Lady Marlboro looked around and continued on, her effort to whisper falling somewhat flat. "It was quite a shock, a woman so beautiful." They both glanced in Eugenia's direction, the smirks on their faces cutting her heart.

So my husband's mistress is dead.

If she felt anything at all it was more like numbness. How many times had she wished the woman out of her life? Not that she had wished her ill, but she hardly felt remorse.

She remained still, with her much-practiced smile on her face, never missing a sip of her tea. Anyone observing her would surely think she hadn't heard the whispers, and if she had, they had no effect on her. Her fingers did not shake as she placed her teacup in the saucer. Her hands lay in her lap; she did not fidget or glance at the women who were gossiping. She did not rise and excuse herself to her hostess and hurry from the room.

As always, The Ice Queen was in complete control of herself.

A half hour later, when she deemed enough time had passed, she rose and called for her carriage. She thanked Mrs. Fairchild and offered a genuine smile to Ladies Marlboro and Stevenson. As she left the room, head held high, she did not even hesitate when she heard, "She's such a cold woman. No wonder Devon kept his mistress."

Her smiled remained in place as her carriage rode through the streets of Mayfair. Once they arrived at her townhouse, she accepted the footman's hand and made her way up the steps to the front door. She turned so her butler, Bellows, could remove her pelisse. Gracefully, she climbed the stairs to her bedchamber, floating along, as was her usual gait.

She entered the familiar room, decorated in pale rose and green. The room was perfect, much as she was. Not one hairpin out of place, either in her room or on her person. She laid her reticule on the dressing table and bent to remove her half boots.

Then she threw herself on her bed, her hands over her head, grinning foolishly at the canopy. Waves of joy washed over her, and she had the urge to jump up, race to the window, and fling it open, shouting like a fishwife for all of London to hear.

Her nemesis was dead!


* * *

The Marquess of Devon heard of the death of his former mistress while sitting in his club, sipping brandy. When the young pup who was having a good time spreading the news blurted it out to him, Devon's hands fisted on his glass. His heart took a quick thump and then he was surprised at the sense of relief that flooded him, followed by shame at not feeling more than that.

He nodded at offered condolences as he left the club and headed for home. Not that the townhouse in Mayfair was more of a refuge than one of his clubs. His townhouse was the place where he kept his clothing and worked at his desk in the library. Where he made the requisite three trips a week from his bedchamber to his wife's for the purpose of getting her with child.

But he had no desire to put up with the shrewd glances and speculations that were surely to come if he remained at White's.

He entered the mews, turned his horse over to the stable master, and took the stairs up to his house. He wondered if Eugenia had heard the news. As a polished and proper member of the ton, his wife would not acknowledge Margaret's death. Neither would he. They'd never spoken of his former mistress, indeed as far as everyone was concerned, including Eugenia, he had still visited her for sex.

As he approached his bedchamber, he didn't realize the lateness of the hour until the bell sounded to dress for dinner.

His valet, Jake, awaited him. "Good evening, my lord. I have your bath ready."

"Thank you, and this evening her ladyship and I will be attending the Ponsoby ball."

"Yes. I have the proper attire for the event ready," the man sniffed. Too well-trained to show he needn't a reminder, since Jake knew Devon's schedule better then he himself did, nevertheless Devon sensed the slight rebuke.

Two hours later, Devon held up the crystal decanter as Eugenia settled on the blue and white striped chair in the drawing room, where they awaited the dinner announcement. "Would you care for a sherry, my dear?"

"Yes. Thank you, my lord."

Always formal, his wife was the epitome of what he'd wanted when he'd begun his search for a marchioness. Tonight she wore a gown of pale blue shot through with silver. Her golden blond hair was pulled back into a chignon at her nape. No dangling curls brought softness to her features as she regarded him with ice blue eyes.

He handed her the glass and sat across from her, sipping a brandy. "Are you looking forward to the ball tonight?"

A slight hesitation caught his notice. Odd. Eugenia never hesitated. "Yes, indeed I am."

Had she already heard of Margaret's death and was concerned about gossip? No. His wife never noticed, nor participated in, gossip.

The door to the drawing room opened, and Bellows entered, stiff as was his usual demeanor. Bowing slightly, he said, "I apologize for the interruption, my lady."

Eugenia smiled up at him, despite the fact that Devon had never seen his butler smile back. "Yes, Bellows, what is it?"

"The upstairs maid, Jennie, has requested an audience. I told her to speak with the housekeeper, but she insisted on speaking with you. She indicated she would wait all evening if necessary." The butler appeared as though he smelled something unpleasant on the bottom of his shoe.

"You may send her in." Eugenia placed her glass on the table.

Not wishing to deal with servant issues — after all, wasn't that one of the reasons he'd wanted a wife? — Devon stood, "I will leave you to deal with this."

"No," Eugenia held out her hand. "Please stay, my lord. If you are uncomfortable, you can pick up a book and pretend to read. I am sure this won't take long, and then we can move on to dinner."

He acquiesced and headed to the sideboard to refill his brandy glass. He still would have preferred to remove himself, but since she requested he remain, he would bear it.

Devon recognized the chit when she entered. A slight girl, and whether she was attractive or not was unknown since her face was swollen with tears. She crushed a handkerchief between her fingers and moved to stand in front of Eugenia.

It seemed to him she'd been employed for some time now. Certainly before he and Eugenia had married. Another reason he was grateful for his wife. He detested dealing with servant issues.

"Yes, Jennie. Bellows said you wished to speak with me."

She curtsied. "Oh, my lady, I am so sorry for interrupting you. I feel so bad, but something has come up that I ..." The girl burst into tears, blubbering into her soaked handkerchief.

Devon glanced at Eugenia, who looked back at him, her eyebrows raised.

"Perchance you might tell me what your problem is?" Eugenia's soft voice encouraged the girl to pull herself together.

Sniffing, she said, "I believe I am with child, my lady."

"Indeed." Something in that one word must have encouraged the maid, because she seemed to draw strength from it.

"Is she married?" Devon mouthed to Eugenia, who gave a curt shake of her head.

He sipped his brandy, feeling sorry for Jennie, about to lose her position with a child on the way.

"Who is the father, Jennie?" Eugenia continued in a voice that appeared to calm the maid.

"Mick," she mumbled, casting a glance at Devon.

Devon nearly choked on his brandy. "My groom?"

"Yes, my lord." This was the first time the girl had directly looked at him since she'd entered the room. He was getting more and more uncomfortable with the conversation. Why the devil had he been dragged into this? These matters should not be brought up while he was around. Most likely, Eugenia would dismiss them both.

If he'd been surprised by the entire exchange, he was completely taken aback when Eugenia turned to him and said, "You must insist your groom marry Jennie immediately."

"What?"

Eugenia lifted her chin. "Jennie is a good girl. If she is in a family way, she is not the only one responsible." She turned to the maid, who regarded his wife with something akin to adoration. "You may go about your duties. His lordship will take the matter in hand."

"Oh, thank you, my lady." Jennie burst into tears once again and fled the room, the twisted handkerchief sopping the waterfall.

Eugenia regarded him, determination in her blue eyes. "I will leave the situation in your capable hands, my lord."

She retrieved her glass of sherry and took a sip. "Has there been progress on the bill you are sponsoring in Parliament?"

He was afraid he appeared dimwitted as he stared at her slack-jawed. She had just handled a most distressing situation with grace and aplomb. Now she wanted to continue on as if something extraordinary had not just occurred.

He mentally shook himself and collected his thoughts. "Yes, I have managed to gather a bit more support for it."

Of course, he mused, there was much more to the gathering of support, but since women were unable to grasp politics, there was no reason to expound on that. Truth be known, he'd always questioned such an assumption drilled into him by his father. He and Eugenia had had several conversations where she'd surprised him with her intelligence and insight.

Although, after the scene he'd just witnessed, he was hard-pressed to admit he really knew his wife at all. He saw Eugenia as a compassionate person, but her handling of the maid's situation impressed him. Surely, had his own mother, or any other woman of the ton he'd known, been faced with a similar situation, they would have dismissed both servants with no recommend.

And they called her The Ice Queen.

They fell silent, the only sound the ticking of the long-case clock in the corner of the room. He refused to move onto the subject of the weather. Why was it he had never noticed until now how little they had to say to each other? Mayhap if he'd encouraged her thoughts on the bill he was sponsoring, he would once again see her enthusiasm as she voiced her opinion. Keeping to certain subjects when conversing with one's wife made for stilted discussions.

His thoughts wandered as he sipped his brandy and Eugenia stared into the fire, a picture of female serenity. He'd wanted a wife he could count on to always do the right thing, handle every issue that came up in his household without troubling him, who was both beautiful and gracious. No hint of scandal had ever been, nor ever would be, associated with her name. When he'd decided the time was right to set up his nursery, he had not wavered from his choice. He had wanted The Ice Queen and had gone after her with the same determination as he did all things.

He had paid her the necessary court once he'd received the approval of her brother. After an acceptable period of time, he'd met with Lord Clarendon again and had worked out the marriage contracts, then he'd proposed to Eugenia, anticipating her acquiescence. She had accepted with grace and charm and had presented her cool hand for his kiss. They'd had a lavish wedding under the eyes and good wishes of the ton.

Everything had been perfect from then on, so why was he now experiencing this sense of restlessness, of wishing they had more to say to each other?

Wanting to break the silence, he said, "I was quite impressed with your handling of the servant issue just now, Eugenia."

She actually looked surprised at his remarks. "Thank you, my lord. I am sorry you had to be a witness to the matter, but I already had a hint of the situation and hadn't wanted to discourage the poor girl by having you leave the room as though she'd done something wrong in requesting my attendance."

He sipped his drink. "You knew of her condition?"

"I didn't know, but suspected. 'Tis not hard to know the concerns and happenings of the staff when one keeps an eye and ear open."

Another reason to be grateful for his choice in a spouse. Matters of staff and household concerns, and their resultant problems, rattled him. Before Eugenia, he'd left it all up to his housekeeper, who in turn ended up consulting with him, anyway. "Yes, I can see where that would be true. Well, I wish to thank you for your management of what could have been a very unpleasant circumstance."

She dipped her head in acknowledgment of his words, a slight blush rising to her lovely cheeks.

He was beginning to realize that Eugenia was so much more than merely a proper lady. Underneath her shell of decorum, he sensed a warm, loving woman, anxious to throw off the mantle of aloofness that no doubt had been impressed upon her by tutors and governesses. To his amazement, that realization was leading him to question other parts of marriage directed by his father.

As a member of the nobility, it was his obligation to fill his nursery. He visited Eugenia's bed on a regular basis. Other than those obligatory appearances to ensure succession, he reminded himself one was not expected to feel lust or love for one's wife. To do so was considered crass and bad ton.

It annoyed him that the butler's announcement of dinner brought a certain amount of relief. Life was perfect, he assured himself, and exactly as he had planned. He didn't need uncomfortable thoughts that made him question things better left alone.

At precisely ten o'clock they left the house. Arm in arm they proceeded down the stairs into the waiting carriage. As they rode through Mayfair, Eugenia seemed to grow tense. Perhaps she was, indeed, expecting some unpleasantness tonight due to Margaret's death.

Only he and Margaret had known they had not been in bed together since the night before his wedding. Despite his belief that a proper gentleman maintained a mistress in order not to upset his wife's delicate sensibilities, he had not been able to bring himself to continue their relationship. In fact, the entire situation had become ridiculous.

The last time he'd visited her they'd played cards until the wee hours of the morning. More than once she had indicated she would not be averse to putting out that she was looking for a new protector. However, Devon had been reluctant to do so, and could never understand why.

Once they arrived at the ball and greeted their host and hostess, he and Eugenia danced their one set together, this time a waltz.

As he took her into his arms, she gazed up at him, something in her eyes affecting him in a way he did not wish to delve into any deeper. "You look particularly lovely this evening, my dear. That color brings out the blue in your eyes."

She sucked in a breath, and once again her cheeks were tinged with a lovely shade of rose. He was reluctant to leave her, lest the biddies begin to gossip and hurl remarks in her direction. He could stay by her side, but that seemed a bit drastic and much removed from their normal practice. After the music ended, he kissed her hand, escorted her to her usual group of friends, and retired to the card room. Since it was generally accepted that a married man not stick by his wife's side, lest he be considered "besotted," she would stay in the ballroom with the other matrons. She would often leave before him, so he would not see her until dinner the following evening.


* * *

The next afternoon Eugenia browsed the shelves of Webster's bookstore on Bond Street. This was her favorite time of the week, when she allowed herself the luxury of wasting time looking at books and picking out two or three that she would purchase for her growing library. She didn't add them to the main library, since Devon would not want to be disturbed by her entering to find a book while he was working.


(Continues...)

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Seducing the Marquess 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sequel would be great! I loved this book!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An ok read!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Richard and Eugenia's story! When we meet Richard and Eugenia they are already married. It was a marriage of convenience, but Eugenia is in love with her husband and would like him to stay in her bed and not find a new mistress. To do this, she takes the advice of a book that she found and plans to seduce her husband. What a wild romp! This was a great start to what I hope is another awesome series from Hutton!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters. Great storytelling. Definitely recommend.
clarkws More than 1 year ago
Lady Eugenia Devon is and always has been a thoroughly proper lady – so much so that she has earned the nickname The Ice Queen. Her husband the Marquess of Devon is a thoroughly proper gentleman of the Ton – so much so that he only visits his wife’s bedchamber on scheduled days of the week and keeps a mistress on the side. When Eugenia stumbles upon a book named “Secrets of the Bedchamber”, she discovers that she desires a marriage of love and passion. But to achieve that goal she must seduce her own husband. I absolutely loved this book. It was hilariously funny and had deeply moving moments as well. At one point, I laughed so hard my sides were hurting, only to be brought to tears in just a few chapters. This book touched something deep inside of me. Very moving and a lovely message. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this sweet love story. Great characters and fun to read. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. This poor couple has a time trying to live together with all the poor advice they learned by their parents . Although it makes the book more interesting with all their missteps and a how-to book on lovemaking.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Loved! Though I'm sure their language wasn't always 100% correct for the period (and I'm not convinced that Eugenia's book actually existed, though it certainly should have ;)), both Eugenia and Devon themselves felt more authentic than characters in modern-day historical fiction often do. The way they seemed to settle for a ton marriage--until Eugenia didn't anymore--the things they were brought up believing about husbands and wives and mistresses--it all felt real. Which is what made Eugenia's seduction of Devon all the more delicious. I loved how she wasn't content to settle anymore once she found "the book" and all of her clumsy attempts to put what she read into practice. And his confusion over what he grew up being told and how his wife was making him feel? Just fantastic. For once the "they could have solved this with a conversation" actually worked for me, because the chances that they would have had a conversation in that instance? Pretty slim. It all served to make everything that much more fantastic when Devon is finally seduced :) Here's hoping this is the first of a series, because I want more! Eugenia does have a brother, after all... Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
What made this story for me was the humor I totally love a book with humor. The author brings to the table very likable characters that pull you in giving you a highly entertaining read. Devon has been bought up with strict ways a wife, or married couple should act he thought he found the perfect lady in his lovely new wife Eugenia. She has such grace, just the right tones, the right actions to make those in the ton very happy. No one can or will find fault in his lovely wife. He really is thrilled to have got such a lady but something is a little off, he just isn’t satisfied in his marriage. He can’t put his finger on it she hasn’t done anything wrong she is just as she should be. Eugenia on the surface is a little cold she is one that never lets anyone sees her emotions. No one can make her show how she really feels. She is a lady and always knows her place in public. In the Ton everyone looks up to them and their marriage. This is how a couple should act with respect not showing any feeling. For Eugenia she is happy with her husband he is everything he should be and more. Devon never would dream of embarrassing her and is very discreet. This was what she thought she wanted but she finds herself very unhappy. She is ready to stand up and make a stand she hopes Devon feels the same way. This is where it gets very interesting the Ice Queen is about to have a thawing out and make some moves that just might make the Ton see her in a different light. This was a charming and delightful read. I thought them already being married added to the story. I loved the baiting and head butting as these two work out the true meaning of a marriage. I really enjoyed watching Eugenia come out of her shell going for what she wanted her husband’s love. I thought the characters were delightful as well as the plot. We all know how marriage is it was nice to see a marriage work taking the good with the bad finding a middle ground and saying the heck with what people think. This was a story that pulled me in giving me pleasure from start to finish.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Lady Eugenia Devon has been trained since birth on how to be a proper wife. She's been married for five months to the Marquess of Devon and she's frustrated by their rigid love life. Her husband treats her with kindness and respect but saves his passion for his mistress. Is there more to marriage than this? When his mistress dies in a carriage accident, she's hopeful that she can get his attention. Eugenia sees a book titled Secrets of The Bedchamber and she decides to seduce her husband. Will the Ice Queen be successful? Lady Eugenia is no simpering maid. She's feisty and willing to take a risk. I liked her curiosity and her spunk. She's in love with her husband and wants him exclusively. Will seduction bring her the happiness that she desires? Devon follows the advice that his father gave him and treats his wife with coolness, but it leaves him jealous and restless. He's attracted to his wife. This story was sweet and romantic. The characters are appealing. I enjoyed the London setting and seeing the activities of the Ton. They added spice to the story. Callie Hutton's writing is enjoyable and romantic. Seducing the Marquess pulled me in from the first page. I loved the story. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I adored the story between Devon and Eugenia. I loved the premise of their story and all the preparations she took to get her husband to love her and be faithful to her. Together they were a very sweet and natural couple who got along perfectly but were confused on how their marriage should be. Devon was a true gentleman and treated Eugenia with respect, concern, and tenderness. He saw the real her and loved her for herself. Eugenia was fun and youthful and eager to be the perfect wife to Devon in all ways. It hurt my heart everytime she would have doubts. She wanted what we all want - true love, passion, to feel safe and wanted. And I admired her for sticking up for herself with Devon. When he finally realized his true feelings, the manner in which he revealed them to Eugenia was simple perfection. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Mommaleena More than 1 year ago
•Assumptions Lady Eugenia Devon AKA The Ice Queen's had just heard her nemesis and her husband’s mistress, Mrs. Forestor just died in a carriage accident. She kept her usual cool smile in place until she was alone in her bedchamber, then she wanted to shout with joy! After stealing the book Secrets of the Bedchamber, and learning what passion they could have together. Now was the time to win her husbands attention before he took a new mistress, even though it was common practice. A wife in the early 1800's on the ton in London was to be proper, produce children and run the household. They're not supposed to be passionate or even want it, that's for their husbands mistresses. But Eugenia wanted the love and affection and passion of her husband, *but he still held that a wife was not to be ravished. She was not to enjoy her husband’s attentions. She was far too sensitive and delicate for such. That privilege belonged to a mistress, even though she had shown him otherwise.(*direct book quote).*This was war. She might have lost a battle, but she fully intended to be the victor in the end.(*direct book quote). Marquess of Devon heard of the death of his former mistress while sitting in his club. Ever since the night before he married Eugenia, he and Margaret had not had sex. They had been friends, played cards and talked. He just couldn't think or bed of another woman other than his wife. Eugenia has started acting weird, changing her gowns, her hair and she hasn't even left room on her dance card for him! After reading a gossip column in the newspaper, he's convinced she's taken a lover. Will Devon and Eugenia ever get past their assumptions and come to terms of the love and passion they share for each other, or will they continue to be frustrated? You'll have to read SEDUCING THE MARQUESS to find out. This historical romance novel was a delight to read, I enjoyed watching Eugenia grow and even question her husband who thought he knew what was right for their country. This was my first Callie Hutton book, but I enjoyed the twists and passion she added to this historical romance, I look forward to reading more of her work. I received an ARC copy via IndieSagePR through NetGalley in exchange for a blog tour review. Due to sexual situations, this historic romance novel is recommended for readers 17 and over. FAVORITE PASSAGE~ -This was war. She might have lost a battle, but she fully intended to be the victor in the end.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
'Seducing the Marquess' by Callie Hutton is the story of Lady Eugenia Devon and Richard, Marquess of Devon. Devon and Eugenia married about 5 months ago. Their marriage is what most marriages of that time were. Devon thought Eugenia would suit him and it would be just a regular town type marriage. Eugenia liked Devon from the first but she went through the marriage knowing that it was just an arrangement just as other on her day were married. But Eugenia always wanted something more and when her husband's 'mistress' dies she thinks to try to make her marriage more. Devon is starting to see Eugenia in a different light but he thinks something else might be going on. Will these to work things out and get the marriage that the should have had to begin with. I enjoyed this book and thought it was a light..easy read. Loved it! I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
A decadent tale of love lust and blatant sensuality are the words to best sum up Seducing the Marquess. Can a marriage built on etiquette survive the storm brewing behind closed doors? Eugenia is willing to break all the rules in order to gain her husband love, but will she end up breaking her own heart in the process? Bring on the naughty. It's getting hot in here. Passion, confusion and romance are the driving force behind this steamy but magnetic love story.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
Since I love romantic comedies and historical romances this book was perfect for me. I enjoyed lighthearted story of Lord and Lady Devon. Both know what they want but are unable to express their needs to each other. Story started in a very interesting way and kept be engrossed until the very end. Lord Devon has been taught to live a life in a certain way. He doesn't want scandal of any kind. So when he finds a sensible young woman, he considers himself very lucky. His wife is just as proper as she should be. She conducts herself with decorum and grace. So why is that he isn't satisfy in this marriage? There is nothing wrong with lady Devon and still he is always second guessing his choices. Lady Eugenia is considered to be an Ice Queen. She never shows emotion in public. It will take a lot to rattle her. Everyone is in awe of her control. But people also like to gossip. But truth is that both Lord and Lady Devon are quite liked among the Ton. Eugenia has a perfect husband who respects her and is very discreet about his activities. that's what she wants, isn't it? Even though the life they lead is considered the norm but she is not happy with it. She feels constricted by the expectations of everyone around them, especially her mother. But now she feels that there should be some changes. She would not be dictated by others. She only hopes that her husband feels the same way or else things might get very complicated.. Both Devon and Eugenia are interesting characters. I loved their interactions with each other. It was an humorous telling of two people who want to pave their own path and trying to find a way to communicate with each other. Misunderstandings and expectations will be their worst hurdles. It's a must read for romance lovers. I'm sure you will enjoy it if you don't mind reading about what Ton would've considered scandalous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will look for additional books by this author