I became a fan of Sara the moment I read the first book in her series titled “Muses of Mayfair.” I’ve been following her series and I’m proud to say I’ve read every single one of her books.
If you’ve followed my blog you know I’m a lover of all things romance; however, historical/regency romance are my favorites. And so when Sara’s latest book came out, I ran to Amazon to get my copy. Yeah, that’s the kind of fan I am. So let me get to it and share why this is my wicked romance this week.
Prudence (Prue as Alex calls her) is one of four friends. She doesn’t want to feel jealous of them, but dammit she is.
How could she not? All of them have found their happily ever after. One of them even ended up marrying the man who Prudence was supposed to have married. Imagine that! (You’d have to read that book.) It just seems that for poor Prudence, there’s been a tragedy after a tragedy, and the light at the end of the tunnel is not visible, and it doesn’t appear it’ll ever be.
After the loss of her brothers and the death of her father, she’s fallen into real hard times. She no longer lives with her mom–not that she misses living with her, because they simply don’t see eye to eye. Having no where to go, she’s now living at the home of the guy she’s had a secret crush on for years. She’s supposed to be his mom’s companion, but she hardly does that. She’s treated as one of the family and Alex always looks out for her, as an older brother, which obviously she hates because she wants him to see her for what she is. A woman!
Seeing that she doesn’t have many options and that Alex will most likely always ignore her, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Prue doesn’t want to be a charity case, and she’s a good artist. She puts her skills to good use in order to make enough money for her to leave and find herself a good, modest home outside the city, where she can live comfortably for the rest of her life. I mean, marriage is out of the question. Who’d ever want to marry an impoverished woman?
Since her art skills have brought her some return on investment, she decides to go big with her next forgery. Prue spends all her money creating a tablet, that if sold to an idiot, she can get thousands of pounds that’d set her off for life. And so she does it. No one’s ever found her out, so what can go wrong this one last time?
See the problem is the tablet she forges creates an uproar. People, including Alex and his ex-best friend, have been looking for it. The tablet holds the secret to a curse that’s made Alex’s life a living hell. He wants to break the curse so he can have a normal life again. The other half of the problem is his ex-best friend doesn’t want him to break the curse. If the curse is broken he may lose everything he’s worked hard to have.
Prudence doesn’t know any of this until it’s already too late. The bid takes place and the tablet is sold. It’s sold to the wrong man for an exorbitant amount she never thought of even in her wildest dreams. She discovers Alex feels for her the same way she does for him, and she holds hope that Alex comes to his senses. But when he confesses to her about the curse he’s trying to break and why he needed the tablet, she doesn’t know how to tell him the tablet is a phony.
Of course, as in any romance Prue and Alex come together at the end and have their happily ever after, but to get there they have to go through a number of obstacles.
It was past one o’clock in the morning when I read this book, and let me just say, no matter how much I tried to keep my laughter in check, I failed miserably and woke up some people. LOL. Sometimes I did want to wring Prue’s neck. I couldn’t believe how there were times she didn’t care about the others she’d hurt, but then she had valid reasons for doing what she did. What’s a poor girl to do when she doesn’t have anyone else to look after her?
All in all, I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the others in this series. Now rumor has it Sara is busy writing about a troublesome duke. I can’t wait to see how she redeems that bad boy. I got to read a bit about him in this book.