- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (Sep 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425192091
- ISBN-13: 978-0425192092
- Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,501,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Then she meets Nicholas Richmond, whose search for a royal ruby named "the scarlet widow" takes him to Lucy's door. He tells her that her late husband was a jewel thief, a fact that Lucy refuses to believe. Then he mentions the reward for the lost jewel-5,000 pounds-and Lucy vows to help him in any way she can. Their search leads them to the seedy underside of London, to royal salons and theater gatherings, and into each other's arms.
The plot may be one you've already encountered in many Regency novels, but it's the characterization that really makes this novel shine. Nicholas is as sexy and charming as you'd expect. He's also a rake, whose reputation with the ladies is the talk of the ton. But there's more to him than that, including a past he keeps hidden from everyone, and a generous, kind heart he opens up to the right woman. Lucy is naïve and innocent in the ways of the world, making her a perfect match for Nicholas. She's a quick learner, and it's a delight to see the way she grows from a timid, penniless widow to a confident, gorgeous woman of high society.
A delightful book to curl up with, WIDOW IN SCARLET is mostly serious in tone, but provides some great comic relief as well. The love scenes are scorching hot, as is the tension between Lucy and Nicholas.
Nicholas was widely known by a scandalous reputation, and as a great lover, although few knew his true occupation was acting as an agent for the Prince Regent. Prinny had commissioned him to locate a legendary ruby, the "Scarlett Widow', that he wanted as an addition to the famous crown jewels. The problem was the ruby had been stolen before it ever reached the appointed exchange and Nicholas' friend, the courier, had been killed in the process. A year later and a very cold trail led him to the door of another beguiling widow, Lucy Contrain.
Totally wary of this known seducer who announced - `he desperately needed her' - Lucy was not initially ready or comfortable to help him prove her deceased husband was in cahoots with the thieves. That was until she discovered that he would allow her to share in the five thousand pound reward - and of course she would be able to clear her husbands name. Nicolas whose devil-may-care attitude towards falling in love masked a deep and genuine hurt over failing to keep his loved ones safe, so made it a point to remain detached. Now that attempts are being made on Lucy, he is more than ever regretting allowing her to become involved.
What follows is an exciting adventure and a luscious slow and beautiful seduction that is as charming as the suspense plot is exciting. Nicholas is a complex character who masks his generous and caring heart with an arrogant indifference. Lucy, although a widow is an innocent and trusting young woman who is only now experiencing through Nicholas, what true caring and loving is all about. Mostly serious in nature, the reader will be delighted with the humorous episode involving the borrowed guard dog and the resulting calamity. This was a truly enjoyable read that is just perfect for a lazy day at the beach or in the back yard. --- Marilyn Rondeau, Official Reviewer for www.historicromancewriters.com ---
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