Title: The Lady's Disgrace
Author: Callie Hutton
Length: 250 pages
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Rating: 5 Stars
A lady is nothing without her reputation. Jilted and humiliated by her once-betrothed, Lady Abigail Lacey is the laughingstock of London. Worse still, the humiliation is now reflecting badly on her family. Her brother, the Duke of Manchester, is desperate... until he finds a way to rescue his sister's damaged reputation, and remove her from the glare of disapproving society. He must marry her off. Quickly.
When Rector Joseph Fox drops by the Lacey household, he certainly didn't expect to leave as a man engaged to a long-time family friend! Yet while he never could have aspired to have her, Lady Abigail always ignited a forbidden longing in him. But Abigail has one condition - their marriage is to be void of passion or physical pleasures, once she becomes with child. Faced with a platonic marriage of convenience, Joseph is determined to embark on a sensuous adventure with only one goal: to seduce his new wife... -Goodreads
The Lady's Disgrace, brings a welcome complexity to the "left at the altar scenario".
Lady Abigail Lacey may have money and looks that stop the men of the ton in their "well heeled" tracks, but thanks to a fiance with a rather fickle heart, what she doesn't have is a husband.
Not one to suffer the shame of fools, Abigail's brother, the Duke of Manchester, knows that if he has any chance of saving his sister's unfairly tainted reputation, and shoring up his families precarious perch on the London social ladder; there is some serious match-making to be done.
With every rose...
And this one comes with some particularly "thorny" conditions for poor Mr. Fox.
While Abigail has no objection to being wedded by Joseph, it appears that she has more than a few thoughts on the matter of being bedded by Joseph.
Add to that the fact that she is also bound and determined not to even broach the subject of adding her heart to the mix, and it seems that those pesky roses have turned into stink-weed.
His Lady's Disgrace does a very good job of tricking the reader into believing it to be "just another gotta get her to love me" romance. At least for the first third of the book.
Readers soon find however that there is more than a little mystery and a whole lot of mayhem tucked in with life at the rector's.
That's right, it appears that Abigail's bid to eschew wagging tongues and pointing fingers of London, just might prove deadly.
Readers will enjoy working out the clues of this country whodunnit, while watching Abigail and Joseph's relationship bloom.
This is a very endearing read that gives credence to the notion that "love really does conquer all".