Friday, July 11, 2014

Review of Lady Windermere's Lover by Miranda Neville

This is the third book in the series and was as good as the previous two.  Damian, Earl of Windermere who we met in the previous books has foolishly gambled away his inheritance from his mother, and if that isn't bad enough he lost it to one of his best friends who then lost it that same night.  The next day he wakes up and vows never to gamble again and turns his back on his best friend Julian Fortescue, who he blames for his troubles.  To regain his mother's estate he must marry the niece of the man who now owns it.  He marries her and then leaves for a year long diplomatic post in Persia.  He returns a year later to find that his provincial cit wife has turned into a beauty and is rumored to be having an affair with his former best friend Julian, now the Duke of Denford.  Cynthia does not know her husband and is not about to just resume their marriage because he says so.  Damian does not believe her when she tells him she is not having an affair with Julian, she says they are just friends.  There are a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions between them that they cannot seem to get past.  He is a diplomat who hides his feelings well and she is afraid that he only wants her because she is his possession.  They wind up stranded together in an Inn in a snowstorm where they actually start to learn about his other and how the lives they have lead up to this point has shaped them into the people they are.  The interaction between Damian and Cynthia is intense.  I love the way that she stands up to him and makes him realize how bad he treated her.  Miranda's prose and style are one of the best in the genre today.  She also can write some steamy love scenes.  This book was very good and had a very satisfying ending.  Also there are some great leads and clues into the next book that will feature Julian, the Duke of Denford.

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