MISS SERENA'S SECRET
With devastating scars in her past, Serena Winthrop is sure no man can be trusted -- especially not men like the far-too-smooth Viscount Charmichael. His reputation as a charmer and a gambler is everything she despises. And the young artist makes sure that this disreputable heir to an Earldom knows of her deep disapproval whenever they encounter one another.
Henry, Lord Carmichael, is perfectly aware of his charms to the women of the ton. He's gambled with plenty of their hearts as easily as he does their husband's money -- it's all in good fun to him. But lately he's been wondering if there's more to life -- and confronting the idea that his actions might not prove worthy of the admirable wives his friends have found.
When Serena's brother-in-law asks his best friend to protect his young ward, Henry promises to be on his best behavior and not woo her. But the more he learns of her, the more he realizes she might be his best reason for changing his character. Then the lady's art leads her to London infamy. Now Henry must choose between the life mapped out for him as the Earl apparent, and the love of his life. And Serena's secret may mean the end of his family's titled line.
I’m all in a giddy tilt-a-whirl of delight over another sublime Regency Romance by Carolyn Miller! Be sure to dust off those fainting couches and have a stock of smelling salts and fans on hand because...well...
Henry!!! Currently a Viscount but soon to be an Earl, who is also somewhat of a morose rake when first we meet. Though jaded with his lifestyle, he isn’t quite ready to embrace the idea of change. If only his friends hadn’t found such delightful wives and seem so happy! I do so adore a reluctant-to-reform rake caught in the crosshairs of an enchanting woman!
But Serena is so aloof and mysterious — and amusingly frank — how can Henry resist? Despite the fact that he has promised his best friend (and Serena’s brother-in-law) that he won’t woo the lady.
What follows is a tangled web of angst and emotional mayhem full of the kind of ‘Regency speak’ that thrilled me to my toes! And the drawing room shenanigans...be still my heart, I feel a fit of the vapours coming on!
And Miller always includes a host of compelling secondary characters — some of whom I love to hate! Serena’s mother is just as clueless and exasperating as she was in ‘Winning Miss Winthrop’ and there’s a truly viperous ‘lady’ who still makes me shudder. (Side note: you don’t need to read WMW to enjoy MSS but Serena is Catherine’s sister so there are scrumptious bits of Jon and Catherine that made me very happy.)
And if you think it can’t get better than all that — well, you’d be wrong because the author includes a moving inspirational thread that brings depth and meaning to an unforgettable love story.
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