I know I have said this before, but Delilah Marvelle never disappoints me. Every time I finish one of her books, I find myself wishing I had another one to jump into. And this one is no exception. It’s sexy and romantic, and it throws the Historical Romance formula right out of the window.
Our heroine is Lady Cecelia Stone, a 40 year-old mother of four. Yes, you read that right. She’s 40. And she’s been a widow for the past seven years. Her first marriage was one of convenience and ever since she lost her husband, she has been a model mother and lady of the ton. She has no intention of changing that when she journeys to Russia to stop her son from marrying an aging actress. Unfortunately, her plans are laid to waste when her traveling companion drugs and robs her, then leaves her unconscious in a stagecoach. That’s where she meets Konstantin.
Our hero is actually 10 years her junior. Konstantin is Russian man with a questionable past, trying to go legit. It finally looks like it’s going to happen, too, since a good deed is bringing him into a ton of money. But his plans are all put on hold when Cecelia wakes up alone and confused in his carriage. He is undeniably attracted to her and decides to help her find her way to her son. Unfortunately (or fortunately, perhaps) it will be a couple of days before they can get a ride to St Petersberg. And he only has enough money for one room. I’m sure you can guess how this is going play out.
Cecelia and Konstantin try to fight their attraction, but they fail in spectacular fashion. And it is so gratifying to watch. The sexual tension is fantastic, but the sex is even better. I mean….. I really enjoyed it. Really.
Both main characters are well crafted. Konstantin is this great lower-class gentleman. He is smart enough to know the social standing he lacks, but he can’t help what he feels for Cecelia. Meanwhile, we see Cecelia really coming alive for the first time. We see how she finally feels what things are supposed to be like with a man, and how she struggles with the knowledge that a life with Konstantin could ruin her daughters in the eyes of the ton. It’s angsty and delicious and emotional and sexy.
And I loved it. And I want another Delilah Marvelle book to read. Right now.
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Romancing Lady Stone
by Delilah Marvelle
August 16, 2013