Title: The Affair
Author: Lily Maxton
Series: Sisters of Scandal #1
Genre: Regency Romance
She was his for one week only…
When a beautiful stranger ducks into his bookshop during a rainstorm, Cale Cameron, well-known rake, is instantly attracted to her.
Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill, is restless and hungers for something she cannot name. Society would never accept a countess and a mere bookseller, so they agree to a one week affair to indulge their desire.
As their passion ignites and their connection grows, Elizabeth threatens the one thing Cale has protected above all else—his heart. Letting her go is the only solution…and the one thing he is not prepared to do.
Source: Review copy from Entangled: Scandalous via NetGalley
Are you looking for a short, sharp Regency read that’s more about the romance than the period? Do you like a swift attraction that develops out of nowhere and deepens really quickly – without actually getting to see much of the falling in love bits? Well, then you’re in luck, because that’s just what this novella delivers.
It took me less than an hour to read, but even though I’m usually all about the historical details and seeing the characters build a connection, I really enjoyed this. Elizabeth is a proper Regency widow who had a disappointing marriage to a not particularly nice earl, who stumbles across a less than respectable man and allows him to lead her into temptation. I found things much more believable from her side, actually – except for the way she willingly moved back in with her parents after her marriage, and the how easily she managed to sneak out to meet with Cale.
As for Cale, well, we only get a few scenes from his POV, so mostly I found his change of heart from being a self-made, slightly rakish fellow to being ardently in love with Elizabeth a little hard to believe, but to be honest I didn’t mind too much. The pace of their relationship is a little fast, but works well within the confines of the novella without being overly rushed and the ending made me smile.
It’s short, it has a bit of sweetness and a nice amount of heat and is thoroughly enjoyable. Don’t think about it too deeply, just settle down, sit back and read, and let it sweep you briefly away.
The Affair is Out Now!
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