The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride (Millworth Manor)
Kensington / April 29, 2014 / $7.99 print & $6.99 digital
The bride's sister, Delilah, the very proper widowed Lady Hargate, and Samuel Russell, the groom's friend, a very eligible, slightly improper bachelor, at their upcoming wedding.
Lady Hargate and Mr. Russell, previously acquainted during one unforgettable night in New York City when caution—and clothing—were thrown to the wind will choose to pretend they have never met before.
The lady plans to avoid love and its complications at all costs.The gentleman intends to change her mind.
Guests are invited to enjoy the many diversions of Millworth Manor—delightful grounds, lavish drawing rooms, secluded corners—and the chance to discover that one night may have been only the beginning. . .
If I have ever doubted that opposites attract, Victoria Alexander's new romance The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride has made me a believer.
This Victorian romance is full of opposites in every way; the novel opens with our heroine, Delilah, Lady Hargate, rushing out of Samuel Russell’s hotel room, considering the most discreet option for a walk-of-shame route, after an unforgettable one-night-stand. And he’s the offended one.
He considered her for a moment. “You have no intention of ever seeing me again, do you?”
She breathed a sigh of relief. “Oh, I’m so glad you understand.”
“But I don’t understand. And I have to say I am more than a little offended.”
“Offended?” She stared at him. “Why on earth would you possibly be offended?”
“Why? Because you’ve had your way with me and now you are simply going to discard me.”
But they do meet again—eighteen days before her sister’s wedding, and Delilah couldn’t be any more displeased. The prim and proper Victorian widow only meant for the affair to be a “moment of adventure” before her sister’s wedding, but to Samuel, it was destiny.
Despite one night of mind-blowing passionate lovemaking with Samuel, she resolves that she’s not that type of girl. Her adventure is finite. Only a one-time thing. It was just one indiscretion (or more like one night in his hotel room involving many indiscretions!) but now she is done with it. Samuel can’t stop thinking of Delilah; like Pepé Le Pew swooning for that kitty with the accidental white stripe painted on her back. She’s quite the stubborn English rose, and she loves to dig her heels in while he tries to pull her out of her traditional ways. Thanks to a bad first marriage, Delilah no longer believes in love. She believes in her solitude and living in the English countryside with horses. She likes her life to be planned and expected. Samuel believes in love, romance, and destiny. He embraces everything new and exciting like the invention of the automobile, and bringing cars (motorwagons) to England. She says “no,” but her heart still flutters when Samuel mentions something as casual as showing her how to make American sandwiches.
Samuel Russell had terrified her from the moment his laugh had wrapped around her heart.
She wasn’t used to being afraid. It was as if she were standing at the edge of an endless precipice and it would take no more than a nudge to push her over. And she would be lost. She had no idea how to deal with such fear. But as long as she never saw him again, she wouldn't’ have to. He could remain her secret. Like a treasure hidden away only to be taken out on occasion when one needed a measure of comfort from a memory and the thought of what might have been.
And of course, as the reader, we know better, because if Delilah thinks loving Samuel is wrong, she will never be right… The more she pushes and resists and denies, the stronger the magnetism between them grows, and the more I need to read about their HEA. And for Delilah, one adventure is just not enough.
Victoria Alexander’s forte with dialogue is an added bonus. Any banter between the hero and heroine is irresistible, and leaves the reader rooting for Samuel every time. Even the heartfelt conversation, later in the story, between Delilah and her sister, Beryl, captures just the right amount of emotional awkwardness when Delilah has to confess her New York hotel room adventure.
The Scandalous Adventures of The Sister of The Bride is a light Victorian romance that will have you laughing at the heroine’s high jinks, but turning the pages until the very end. There is a bit of family-drama in the plot line, too, with no scandal left undiscovered.
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Jena Briars is a California girl living in D.C., feeding her brain one romance novel at a time...When she’s not busy at work, or being distracted (sometimes ambushed) by her cat, she reviews romances on her website Throughout the Pages.