One Wicked Night Paperback – 27 Aug 2011
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From the Author
ONE NIGHT OF PASSION...OR A LOVE DESTINED TO BE SHARED?
When Lady Serena Boyce's husband, the elderly Duke of Warrington, could not give her a child, he asked her to take a lover in order to produce an heir. She never dreamed it would mean falling in love. One look at the handsome stranger who rescued her from a thief, and virginal Serena was overcome with desire. Dark and compelling, Lucien Clayborne, Marquess of Daneridge, was everything her honor warned her against. Yet the anguish in his soul drew her nearer...and before the night was through, she had gifted him with her innocence.
Then the duke was murdered, and Lucien discovered Serena was pregnant. Still reeling from the death of his cherished daughter and enraged by his first wife's callous betrayals, Lucien's honor demanded that he make Serena his bride. But the rapture of their one night together had unlocked feelings he thought his heart had forgotten, and now a chilling evil threatened their chance to claim a love that promised to last a lifetime.
Once a finalist for Romance Writer of Americas prestigious Golden Heart, ONE WICKED NIGHT has also received rave reviews!
Very good! "If you like your historical romance with a spicy Regency flavor, keep your eye out for the fast-rising star of Shelley Bradley. Ms. Bradley presents strong, dramatic concepts with an unerring romantic sensibility." ~Romantic Times
"Shelley Bradley offers a delightful mixture of romance and intrigue in her latest book, "One Wicked Night." Ms. Bradley manages to take the often taboo and somewhat risky subject of adultery, and use it to create a divinely creative storyline that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Look for this talented young writer to be one of the rising stars of the romance industry in the new millennium." ~ Sharon Galligar Chance, Wichita Falls Times News Record.
"Shelley Bradley has laid out a tangled web here, where the single act of adultery has far reaching consequences. One Wicked Night kept me turning the pages, and I genuinely liked this couple. Their emotional growth from the pain of their first passionate meeting makes the ending satisfying and believable. This book is a delight from the beautiful front cover to end. Bradley has written an emotionally satisfying read." ~ Linda Hurst - Under the Covers
"What a truly captivating story! I found Ms Bradley's writing style flawless. She brings her characters to life, making them seem so real. The love scenes are some of the most exciting I have ever read. I highly recommend you grab a copy of this book. I know I will definitely put a copy on my keeper shelf. Ms Bradley is a very gifted writer, one that is most assuredly on my favorite list!" ~ Elizabeth Benway, Elizabeth's Book Collections and More
I'd truly love the opportunity to treat you to your own wicked night with this story from my heart. And always, happy reading to you! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the New York Times bestselling author of nearly 30 sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for multiple print and electronic publishers. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her "free" time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music. Shayla has won or placed in over a dozen writing contests, including Passionate Ink's Passionate Plume, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader's Choice Awards. Romantic Times has awarded her Top Picks, a KISS Hero Award and a nomination for Best Erotic Romance. A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every book.
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The heroine, Serena Boyce is married to an older man who is impotent. Her husband, Lord Warrington, has a nephew who is truly evil and his only heir. He begs Serena to take a lover in order to defeat the nephew by having a child they will pass off as the heir. Serena has no intention of agreeing to her husband's request, but allows him to believe that she will.
Lucien Clayborne, Marquess of Daneridge, has divorced his faithless wife and is grieving over the death of his daughter. He blames himself for her death and is deeply mired in guilt and grief when he and Serena meet in a very dramatic way. Lucien rescues her from an attack and in the aftermath these two very lonely and unhappy people come together in a single act of passion.
When Serena realizes what she has done she flees and hopes never to see Lucien again. She is terrified that she is like her mother, who was a publicly loose woman. Lucien is horrified to realize she was a virgin and thinking he has seduced someone's innocent daughter, strives to find the lovely Lady. He is shocked and furious to discover she is very much married and that he had been used to cuckold another husband.
With the murder of Serena's husband the skeins of this story become very tangled. Each of them is mired in their own fears and guilts, afraid to trust and definitely afraid to love. This book deals with adultery and it's consequences in a deep and serious way. It is not a night of unpunished pleasure to be forgotten. The hero is afraid to trust a woman who has already cheated on one husband. The heroine is terrified that her one slip, was evidence of a base part of her nature. Yet, this couple keeps you truly involved in their story. There is definite emotional growth on both of their parts. They painfully work through the anger and hurt as Lucien tries to keep Serena safe from the evil nephew and his new co-hort, who happens to be Lucien's ex-wife.
One Wicked Night, kept me turning the pages and I genuinely liked this couple. Their emotional growth from the pain of their first passionate meeting, makes the ending satsifying and believable. This book is a delight from the beautiful front cover to end. Bradley has written a book that deals with adultery in the serious manner it deserves and I hope other readers will look past the backblurb to an emotionally satisfying read.
Under the Covers
And then all of a sudden they each just decide they love the other and everything works out in the last 10 pages. I was annoyed and started skipping whole sections just to finish it!
Serena didn't want to be like her mother. Her mother did more than flirt with every man who turned his head in her direction and consequently was shunned by the ton as a result. Serena spent most of her life in Sussex with her Aunt, living in a religious study. Serena, with only days coming out for her first season, quietly married Cyrus.
Cyrus asked the unthinkable of Serena to take a lover to conceive and produce a heir to carry on his dukedom. Serena went with her friends Melanie and their escort Lord Highbridge to Vauxhall Gardens. Serena was getting ready to watch a performance when everyone was pushing. She felt a strong hand clamped her wrist and dragged her into the bushes. Serena screamed, but there was so much activity going on at the gardens that she wasn't sure if anyone heard her. Serena's attacker worn a mask and held her at knife point while he took her money and jewelry.
Lucien Clayborne, Marquess of Daneridge, rescued Serena from her attacker. Serena was emotionally upset because her attacker could have killed her if it weren't for Lucien. Serena and Lucien had an instant mutual physical attraction. Serena couldn't find her friends. Lucien offered to give her a ride. He took Serena to his home. One Wicked Night turned into a mutual seduction.
This was my first book reading of Shelley Bradley. She did an exceptional job with the main characters, Serena and Lucien. I liked how Lucien matured throughout the book. He was protective of Serena. She had several attempts on her life. It took a while for Lucien to get over the fact that she committed adultery. Lucien divorced his first wife when she ran off with his best friend to Italy. He was consistently comparing Serena with his first wife. Lady Serena's character role was outstanding. She was a devoted wife to the duke for three years.
I recommend One Wicked Night. Adult theme with explicit sex.