A fiercely independent duchess and a brooding, reclusive earl are tested by the demands of desire in this unforgettable romance from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Lies and A Night of Forever.
For Rose Deverill, one husband was enough. As the wealthy widow of the Duke of Roxborough, she has cultivated an unsavory reputation meant to discourage wife hunters. Thanks to a string of steamy affairs, Rose is perfectly content to be known by polite society as the “Wicked Widow”—until she’s reunited with the man she fell in love with at age fifteen. Their bedroom encounters are scorching, but it breaks Rose’s heart to wonder whether her reckless behavior ruined her for Philip Flagstaff.
The second son of the Earl of Cumberland, Philip never wanted the title. But after Philip’s older brother, Robert, follows him into the Battle of Waterloo, his worst fears come to pass. Now Robert lies in a soldier’s grave, and Philip is determined never to pass on the inheritance to children of his own. Then Rose appears, soothing the pain with her delightful curves and passionate kisses. The notorious Duchess seems to want nothing from him—and yet Philip has never ached to give a woman more.
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The heaviness and guilt that Phillip carries with his for what happened to Robert at Waterloo is so sad. It is a pain that underlines every decision that he makes, even the one that is to shut himself off of love. Its wonderful to see that Rose has always been his supporter and shows him strength, its just sad that she ends up having to marry someone else. No wonder she becomes the “Wicked Widow” and is willing to give her body to any and every one, but her heart will always belong to Phillip. It was great to see how Rose is finally able to show Phillip it is ok to be happy and to love, how Robert wouldn’t have wanted him to put his life on a happiness on hold because he survived and Robert didn’t. She helped him see that by not being happy and living life he is disgracing and wasting the sacrifice that Robert made.
I give this book 5 sacrificing kisses.
Happy reading… Adri