by Cathy Maxwell
Series: Logical Man’s Guide to Dangerous Women
Genre: Adult, Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
At the Logical Men’s Society—an exclusive bachelor’s club—brandy flows like water, bawdy stories abound, and a gentleman tempted to marry is always persuaded to reconsider . . .
Brandon Balfour made the mistake of trusting his heart to the exquisite, strong-willed actress, Kate Addison, with whom he shared one intimate night before fate intervened. Now a decade later, Brandon is a leading member of the Logical Men’s Society—for no woman since Kate has managed to captivate him.
To Kate, the memory of that night still burns strongly, because it was followed by a stunning betrayal. A chance encounter may have brought Brandon back into her life, but that doesn’t mean Kate will ever forgive him. She’s vowed to make him pay—even as she realizes the promises of the young love they once shared are still etched upon her heart . . .
Loving her exiled him.
Trusting him ruined her.
Slowly, he faced the door. There was Kate Addison . . . but not the Kate Bran had seen this morning. That Kate, in her modest day dress and properly styled hair, could have passed for a Lady of Quality.
This Kate was the conjuring of every erotic image men had for actresses.
Riotous curls framed her face and tumbled down past her shoulders as if she’d just risen from her bed. Her breasts mounded up and over her bodice. Well, Bran hoped there was a bodice.
She was bold. She was beautiful. And there wasn’t a man in the room that wasn’t having fantasies . . . the vicar included.
His Secret Mistress is a second chance romance–Brandon and Kate had a brief but intense relationship about a decade ago that ended spectacularly and with both of them feeling incredibly betrayed. What really happened? Who was at fault? Even the two major players don’t know at the start of the book, and the truth doesn’t come out for quite some time.
It’s even worse than you think.
In the meantime, the two are thrown together again when Kate’s traveling theater group comes to town (and is forced to stay there because of a broken wagon–because, of course!) and the actress herself attracts the attention of Brandon’s young nephew and ward, the duke. Brandon’s sister, the dowager duchess, summons him home in a panic to “fix” things. He finds out who it is that his nephew is infatuated with goes to confront her, and the rest is history.
Or is it? There is so much past hurt between the two of them that it gets in the way of honest conversation for much of the book. Add in her not-quite-21-yet admirer, his Regency-era helicopter mother, a plethora of interesting ( 😉 ) townspeople, Bran’s friends and their so-called Logical Men’s club, and you might as well settle in for this one, because there’s going to be a whole lot going on. Although I was anxious for the two of them to finally get to their well-deserved HEA, I almost didn’t want the book to end, I was enjoying myself so much.
The fact that it’s the first in Ms Maxwell’s new series A Logical Man’s (ha!) Guide to Dangerous Women definitely made reaching the end of this book an even more positive experience. I can’t wait to watch as every single club member succumbs to those “dangerous women”… 😀
Rating: 4 stars / A-
About the author:
CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. Contact Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or the old-fashioned way at PO Box 484, Buda, TX. 78610.
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