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 over 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 at the wife he never knew he wanted.
like a woman abandoned…
Lady Cynthia never aspired to be the subject of a 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 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.
Take two people each brought together in a reluctant union, then an absent husband, misunderstandings, deceit, an amorous suitor and a little wanton lust and you have what is the beautiful concoction that is Lady Windermere's Lover by Miranda Neville.
After a year apart the reunion of Lord Damian and Lady Cynthia, makes for an intriguing tale. Damian is surprised at the changes he sees in his Cynthia. Gone is the mousy country girl and in her place is a beautiful elegant lady. Damian decides it might be worth giving this marriage a real shot, but in order to do that he has to come to terms with what may or may not be going on between his wife and his former best friend Julian, The Duke of Denford.
Lady Windermere's Lover is Book #3 in Miranda Neville's The Wild Quartet series. This book can be read as part of the series or as a standalone as well. Ms. Neville does a great job of intricately laying out the backstory and makes this book enjoyable from the first page.
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Damian was not on my favorite hero list at the beginning of this story. The way he treated Cynthia by abandoning her had me fuming and I was delighted that she found a friend in the Duke of Denford. I quickly became wrapped up in the story and by the end of the book I was rooting for Damian and Cynthia's happily ever after. I loved the art mystery that ties this story together and Cynthia's charitable exploits add to the building plot and it makes for a lovely escape. I gave Lady Windermere's lover 4 stars. I read this book in one evening and think that fans of this series, like myself, will enjoy Damien and Cynthia's story. I am really intrigued and may have a tiny book crush on Julian, The Duke of Denford. It seems Julian's story will be the fourth book in this series and it will be added to my TBR list immediately.
Until next time, HAPPY READING!