A Scandalous Affair is book three in Karen Erickson’s Merry Widows series. I haven’t read either of the first two but if they are as good as this one I have been missing out. The book is not that long, more novellas length but it tells a complete story.
Daphne, Lady Pomeroy has been a widow for two years. Her husband was much older and while she had a good relationship with him there was no passion. As a result Daphne is not sure she needs another husband. Everyone thinks The Marquess of Hartwell is cold and calculating. The truth is that he is shy and has a stutter so he just does not talk of go out in society much.
After spending two years in the country Daphne has come to London and is living with her brother. The two hold a masquerade ball and Daphne and Hartwell meet. The story develops from there.
I loved both of the main characters. Hartwell is wonderful. Daphne recognizes something in Hartwell that everyone else misses. This is the kind of love story that tugs at the heart. Two people who are made for each other but there are problems to be overcome for everything to work.
Carina Press published A Scandalous Affair by Karen Erickson in 2012.
I got an ARC of A Scandalous Affair from Netgalley.