1772. London. Scandal. Suspense. Sex.
With her perfect breeding, flawless beauty, and proper manners, Alison Brooke never expected to be smeared by the cruel brush of scandal. Robert Anderson, Viscount Charmaine, is focused on his tumbling finances and dying father. When villainy leaves the ravishing (and ravished) Alison thrown at his feet, Robert is pulled from his self-recrimination and into the heart of the Season's hottest gossip. Marquis Anthony Farrington is one of Alison's many rejected suitors and Robert's best friend. Secretly, Anthony risks the gallows for his ongoing support of the populist movements.
When Robert is given charge of the investigation against Anthony, friendships, loyalty, and ideals come into question. Perhaps the most surprising of all is the involvement of Alison's constant companion, the wallflower Brenda Boswell. The unfashionable Brenda shows herself to be a spitfire capable of saving them all.
Caught in the act, caught by scandal, caught by honor, and caught by duty, the four friends are ultimately caught by the most powerful thing of all - love.
Michaels’s debut historical romance is an intriguing blend of action, drama, humor, and sexiness set against a rich backdrop of the social and cultural mores of Georgian London. When the almost bankrupt Robert Anderson, Viscount Lord Charmaine saves Miss Alison Brooke from a would-be assaulter at a ball, the two instantly connect. Their rapport is open and witty, and their attraction to each other obvious. Charmaine learns that Brooke is to inherit a fortune, but her father, who controls the inheritance, probably would not approve of Charmaine’s bankrupt situation. Will the conscientious and romantic Charmaine marry Brooke for love and risk losing her inheritance, or marry another woman simply for her fortune so he can bail his family out of financial ruin? Further complicating the situation are Marquis Anthony Farrington, who vies for Brooke’s affection, and Miss Brenda Boswell, Brooke’s faithful companion, who finds herself falling for Farrington. The relationships between the four are even messier because of the political fervor of the time, which has Farrington and Charmaine on opposing sides of the government. Animated, sharp dialogue is a highlight that makes the cast of characters even more memorable. This historical novel about following one’s heart while balancing obligations to family, friends, and society is a crowd-pleaser. (BookLife)