Abandoned by her husband on their wedding night, Maggie, the Marchioness of Sandhurst, longs for a raging passion to free her from her lonely life. A devastatingly handsome stranger at a masque ball promises just the sort of distraction she craves. But after a night of scorching lovemaking, she wakes to find him gone.
Simon, the Marquis of Sandhurst, is horrified to discover the masked siren he bedded is his wife, a woman he vowed to never touch. He shouldn’t want Maggie, but can’t resist her now that she’s been in his arms.
Review: Arranged marriages might have been a commonplace event in Regency times, but abandoning the bride before the wedding night is a unique twist.
In Her Lovestruck Lord, author Scarlett Scott continues her Wicked Husbands series with the Marquis and Marchioness of Sandhurst. Although married, they have lived apart since the wedding ceremony. As time goes by, Maggie searches for companionship with a masked stranger — and she gets much more than she bargained for.
In true Regency fashion, this story provides an inside glimpse into the lives of titled lords and ladies who often used masquerades as a way to cast off their unhappiness. As Maggie and Simon grapple with the aftermath of their time together, they have to deal with the ramifications of a consummated marriage.
From an historical perspective, the author did a fantastic job portraying the time period. While I wasn’t exactly one of Simon’s fans because of his atrocious behavior, by the end of the story he managed to somewhat redeem himself.
There’s plenty of chemistry between the two characters, especially in the beginning. You can only imagine what happens after they discover each other’s identity. The supporting characters provide additional spice to the storyline, making it clear that Lady Needham’s events are the place to be for excitement.