Fiercely independent, Lady Violet Rimes, the merry widow, has played the town, dangling men from leashes like a pack of adoring hounds, always the one in control. She has never let a man toy with her.
An idle, attractive rake, Lord Geoffrey Sparks has had little to do other than enjoy life. He has let Violet play her games for months without complaint, because he likes her company—and admittedly her bed. But in recent months he’s found himself gravitating towards her more and more. Things have changed between them. He likes her for who she is and not simply the notorious widow. He thought his feelings were returned, but . . . Why then has she suddenly vanished from town without a word?
A couple of months ago, she’d complained about his friend being a heartbreaker, but now Violet is breaking his heart…
I loved the character of Lady Violet Rimes in ‘The Passionate Love of a Rake’, despite her scandalous ways she always seemed a little sad. In this novella, Violet’s secrets are revealed and they prove too damning, even for her to brazen out, amid the ‘haute ton’.
This short story has all the emotion, heartache and passionate romance, you find in the longer stories but it is faster paced and more focused on actions and consequences than inner emotional turmoil.
It reads perfectly well as a short stand alone tale but is far more enjoyable if you have read the previous book in the series.
This story is an interesting expose into the hidden secrets of Regency society with a strong female lead and an alpha hero who has to change his ways to win her heart.
This novella is free to read from Harper Impulse.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars