Lady Isobel Maitland cannot afford to be caught doing anything even remotely scandalous, or she risks losing everything she holds dear. But one night, in a dark garden at a masquerade ball, Isobel gives in to temptation and lets an innocent flirtation with the notorious Marquess of Blackwood turn into passion.
The Marquess is no stranger to seduction or intrigue, and his rake’s reputation disguises a deadly mission. When his mystery lover flees before he can learn her name, he knows he must find her. But all clues lead toward the prim and dowdy Isobel Maitland. It appears the lady has secrets of her own, secrets that Blackwood would dearly love to uncover . . .
I love my historicals, so when I read that there was a new author and this is the debut book I had to get my hands on a copy. Not knowing what to expect, which is sometimes the best way to start a book, I opened this one up and got sucked in. This fit right in there with other historicals that I have enjoyed and want more of.
There is great tension between the two characters. Isobel & Blackwood have this love/hate relationship thing happening with neither one of them realizing the truth behind it. In the meantime Isobel is trying to find an escape for her and her son – subplot is filled with deceit and illegal activity everywhere. Blackwood is trying to find his “mystery” love while being distracted by family and his job. It’s amazing how things work out in the end.
I do have to say this was a fairly good and easy read for anyone who enjoys reading this type of book. It was not the best historical I have ever read but good enough that I want more.