Whose hot kisses will melt the ice princess? All London is agog to know!
Will beautiful Marianne Seaton choose rich Lord Desborough or handsome Lord Tranter – or dark, dangerous Elias Thorne? Get ready for proposals and passion, rivals and revelations, secrets and scandals at the season’s most glamorous house party.
As the season reaches its brilliant climax, three very different men pursue beautiful Lady Marianne Seaton. She’s the marriage mart’s greatest prize – even if cruel and unjust gossip paints her as a woman cold and glittering as any diamond.
Lord Desborough is her father’s choice - rich, powerful, safe. Lord Tranter is society’s darling - handsome, dashing, charming.
Then there’s the dangerous, compelling man nobody in their right mind calls eligible. Elias Thorne, son of scandal, reputed deceiver, possessing a rakish fascination no woman can resist. A lady might choose Elias as a lover, but as a husband, he’s too risky a bet. Even if Marianne’s forbidden yearning for him threatens her future and her reputation.
When Marianne’s suitors pursue her to the year’s most glamorous house party, there will be proposals and passion, rivals and revelations, secrets and scandals.
Let battle commence – but will the best man win?
About the Author
Anna Campbell has written 10 multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins and 18 bestselling independently published novellas. Anna has won numerous awards for her Regency-set stories including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence (twice), the Write Touch, the Aspen Gold (twice) and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s favorite historical romance (five times). Her books have three times been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award and three times for Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year. Now that Anna has finished the “Dashing Widows” series, which started in 2015 with The Seduction of Lord Stone, she's working on The Likely Lairds, a series set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. The series launches with The Laird's Willful Lass in August 2018. Anna lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia where she writes full-time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nothing I would read or recommend.. thus book was horrible.....
Marianne Seaton is the jilted fiancee of Cam, the Duke of Sedgemoor (from What a Duke Dares) She is an elegant and intelligent lady who has always done the right thing by her father, always obeying him, being the perfect lady, and desiring to please him. Marianne must choose among three persistent suitors: the mature Lord Desborough–at forty-five, I refuse to say he’s old!–the enigmatic Lord Tranter, and Elias, a dashing but impoverished gentleman. Marianne comes with a hefty fortune but, unfortunately, has attracted men who she believes only want that. And she wants more. She secretly wants Elias, but fears he, too, just wants her wealth. So when Elias suddenly and ardently proposes, she is cautiously thrilled but also angry and feels she can’t trust the authenticity of his proposal. And it’s a heartfelt one; I felt the intense emotions of Elias’ strong desire for her acceptance. Elias shows Marianne his affection and also outright declares he doesn’t want her money. But she doesn’t believe him. Marianne’s socially-conscious father dislikes Elias intensely, largely because of Elias’ own family follies where two of his siblings recently married for love in scandalous love matches. Her father also has an abhorrence of impropriety and fears a match with Elias will taint not only his daughter, but also his good name. Unfortunately, his fears eventually endanger his only child. The passion between Marianne and Elias is lovely and tender. He truly cares for her but must convince her that he’s not after her money and is devoted solely to her. And in the scandal toward the end of the story, Elias reveals just how much he loves her. I felt for Marianne and her self-doubts–about her beauty, her embarrassment by Cam’s rejection, and her struggle to please her father all pitted against her own deep desire for love in marriage. Anna Campbell’s novella is book #4.5 in a beautiful and romantic series. I recommend reading this series in order as many characters from previous books make regular appearances and it’s fun to see how these relationships have grown and matured. Fans of Katharine Ashe will enjoy Campbell’s stories.
Anna Campbell's novella Three Proposals and a Scandal is all that and more. In her distinctive writing style secondary characters from past works take center stage in this touching work. Yes there was the requisite undercurrent of passion and surprises to keep you on your toes, but most importantly there was a genuine depth in her portrayal of her hero and heroine that cannot be learned and show this author's true talent.