A Secret Affair : Number 5 in series Paperback
by Mary Balogh
Part of the Huxtables series
Hannah Reid, born a commoner, has been Duchess of Dunbarton since she was nineteen years old, the wife of an elderly Royal to whom she is rumoured to be consistently and flagrantly unfaithful.
Now the old Duke is dead and, more womanly and beautiful than ever at thirty, Hannah has her freedom at last. And she knows just what she wants to do with it. To the shock of a conventional friend, she announces her intention to take a lover - and not just any lover, but the most dangerous and delicious man in all of upper class England: Constantine Huxtable.Constantine's illegitimacy has denied him the title of Earl, but otherwise he denies himself nothing.
Lounging in a country house he populates with trollops, vagabonds and thieves, drinking deep from the goblet of his own carnal lust, he always chooses recent widows for his short-lived affairs.
Hannah will fit the bill nicely. But once these two passionate and scandalous figures find each other, they discover it isn't so easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire - without getting singed.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 04/11/2010
- Category: Historical romance
- ISBN: 9780749953782
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Review by wyvernfriend
I'll explain first my problems with the cover, that dress doesn't fit that model correctly, a wealthy duchess would not be seen in a dress like that, maybe her friend who acts as a sounding board would be seen in that dress. Also, the heroine is described as blonde, not the cover model. To be honest the cover doesn't reflect the story inside.Hannah, Duchess of Dunbarton married her elderly husband for reasons other than love, her mourning is over and now she wants to experience some of life. She decides to take a lover and fixes on Constantine Huxtable, illegitimate son of a powerful family he has power of his own and rumours follow him, like they do Hannah.Both of them are great characters, not willing to let anyone else determine their fates, they take life and make it work for them. That I enjoyed.However there were some niggles that I couldn't ignore, english precident is funny and as Duchess of Dunbarton she would still retain that, even when married to an earl as she is the widow, not the daughter. The names for handicapped people during the period were different too, but modern sensibility wouldn't like them so I would excuse that. I would have searched for some more neutral period-sounding phrases though. These are pretty minor niggles but they drew me away from the story into critical thinking.