Today I have a lovely historical romance review from author Miranda Neville. Please read on to see my review for Lady Windermere’s Lover, read the excerpt and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where TWO US winners can get a Print Copy of LADY WINDERMERE’S LOVER. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops and see the other excerpts!
Oscar Wilde uses a Lady Windermere in one of his books, so the title was an instant draw for me. In this book, Miranda Neville brings us another of the four titled friends and follows their story as they search for, or try to avoid, love. Damian was a wonderful character, if a bit infused with self-import and anger. Cynthia was the perfect mix of naïve country girl with dreams of a husband who loves her. This story was so full of secrets and hidden agendas, as the two circle each other much like cats or dogs staking out territory. But Cynthia’s honest desire to be a friend and good wife, yet maintain her own identity and interests kept her character solidly interesting and enjoyable, even if there are times where her innocence made her utterly shakable. Damian was often so invested in his own anger and being “justified’ that he almost became a parody of the man you can dislike. But, he had moments of great insight and softness, when his better nature took hold that gave him a full and rich depiction, and made it easier to see just why Cynthia was so enamored of him.
Secondary characters were delightful additions that brought conflict, interest and some revealing looks at the East End and Spitalfields districts of London with their hardworking yet often poor residents.
Neville adds yet another sweet and fun story with a slow progression to love and growth for both characters. I really enjoyed this book with insets of heat and heart that is sure to please many.
Title: Lady Windermere’s Lover
Author: Miranda Neville
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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Damian, Earl of Windermere, rues the day he drunkenly gambled away his family's estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. Now, after hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is finally called home, only to discover that his modest bride has become an alluring beauty—and rumor has it that she's taken a lover. Damian vows to keep his wife from straying again, but to do so he must seduce her—and protect his heart from falling for the wife he never knew he wanted.
Cynthia never aspired to be the subject of scandal. But with her husband off gallivanting across Persia, what was a lady to do? Flirting shamelessly with his former best friend seemed like the perfect revenge . . . except no matter how little Damian deserves her loyalty, Cynthia can't bring herself to be unfaithful. But now that the scoundrel has returned home, Cynthia isn't about to forgive his absence so easily—even if his presence stirs something in her she'd long thought dead and buried. He might win her heart . . . if he can earn her forgiveness!
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.