Heiress Without A Cause
Author: Sara Ramsey
Series: Muses of Mayfair #1
Published February 23rd 2012
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
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One title to change his life...
A disgraced son with a dark reputation, William “Ferguson” Avenel is content to live in exile – until his father dies in the scandal of the Season. With rumors of insanity swirling around them, his sisters desperately need a chaperone. Ferguson thinks he’s found the most proper woman in England – and he won’t ruin her, even if he secretly desires the passionate woman trapped beneath a spinster’s cap.
One chance to break the rules...
Lady Madeleine Vaillant can’t face her blighted future without making one glorious memory for herself. In disguise, on a London stage, she finds all the adoration she never felt from the ton. But when she’s nearly recognized, she will do anything to hide her identity – even setting up her actress persona as Ferguson’s mistress. She’ll take the pleasure he offers, but Madeleine won’t lose her heart in the bargain.
One season to fall in love...
Every stolen kiss could lead to discovery, and Ferguson’s old enemies are determined to ruin them both. But as their dangerous passion ignites their hearts and threatens their futures, how can an heiress who dreams of freedom deny the duke who demands her love?
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
Ferguson only came back to look for a chaperone for his sisters' season but he never expect his choice of chaperone to turn out to be an actress, whom he was interested in. What a shock! That made him want to protect her even more.
The entire story was well paced. I particularly like the relationship among the three ladies and their later conflict. Also, I admire Lady Madeleine's spirit--to go for what she wants to do/be but she is not without flaws. I have to shake my head at the reason she refuses Ferguson's suit.
It's refreshing to read that Ferguson realizes his feelings for Madeleine quite early in the book as compared to other historical romance. Often, the male characters often didn't realize until much much later.
Overall, I felt that more could be done to build up the climax of the story. Nevertheless, the whole story is still interesting and will appeal to readers who love historical romance.