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When the book opened, I was scared. "Oh, great. Another clumsy heroine" because, you see, our heroine, Gillian Leigh, has set the curtains of a duchess on fire. Not an auspicious start to her season, especially for someone who already has a black mark by being half-American.
But that's okay for someone who's on the fringes of society himself, the Black Earl, also known as Lord Wessex. Semi-accused (only in whispers, don't ya know) of murdering his first wife, it's also known by most of the ton (though not Charlotte) that he has a bastard son that he openly acknowledges. However, he needs to find a wife to preserve the line and he figures Charlotte will do just as well as any other, assuming that she really is the timid spinster that she appears on first sight.
So Charlotte and the earl marry, very, very quickly. She immediately becomes the bright spot in his life... and his son's. And she sticks by him even when it becomes preposterous to do so. There is, of course, a requisite bad guy who is causing the trouble and he's fairly easy to spot but it doesn't take away from enjoyment of the book.
Yes, there are a lot of things that could be annoying in this book but I quite enjoyed the romp and MacAlister's writing. My first thought on turning of my Nook with a sigh, "I can't wait to read the next book in the series."