Series: School of Gallantry bk 3.5
Author: Delilah Marvelle
He believes in destiny. She just wants to survive it…
At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life by including a man in it again. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do: stop the wedding. Unfortunately, destiny has other plans.
Konstantin Alexie Levin never considered himself to be a villain. In fact, he considers himself to be a Russian gentleman. Having grown up in a refined and well-educated family that embraced criminal life to avoid debtor’s prison, the only thing preventing him from knowing happiness is the rest of the world. Everything changes, however, when Konstantin is given a chance to start life anew and travel to London to collect an unexpected reward for saving a man’s life. To his surprise, he is about to become a hero at midnight to a beautiful aristocrat who desperately needs his help. The problem is…he wants to do more than save Lady Stone. He wants to make the woman his, all his.
When I was finished with this book all I could think was “Why haven’t I read more of this author’s books?” Romancing Lady Stone is less than 200 pages, and I enjoyed every word of it.
This book starts out with the Hero in his home Country of Russia. It really lays a good background of his upbringing and family. I was really hooked by the first chapter just reading about Mr. Levin. It quickly takes a turn with the heroine waking up in his lap in a carriage (you’ll have to read to find out why).
This is a May-December Romance – the heroine is 10 years older than the hero. I probably think this is one of the reasons that I just adored this book. The romance is so tender and sweet and you want the couple to be together. It did make me tear up in spots when the hero was talking about his father’s story and when Lady Stone talked about her 1st husband.
The book also introduces us to 2 characters at the end that are supposed to have their own story by Ms. Marvelle. Their story seemed very interesting and I would love to read more about them.
I will be looking for and reading more of Ms. Marvelle’s backlist of books.