April 12, 2012 by thebookslayer
Release Date : May 1st
Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal by Grace Burrowes
Recommend : If you enjoy Historical Romances then give this book a try. You don’t have to read the other 4 books to enjoy this book. It can stand alone or enhance the last 4 books of the series.
I fell in love with the Windham’s from the very first book The Heir . Maggie is the oldest of the Windham daughters. She also has been firmly put on the shelf for several years and therefore has learned to live a peaceful life in her own home with her own money. Her Grace, Maggie’s stepmother, fears she will never find love and as with all her other children, for she considers her husband’s child from another mother her own, she tries her hardest to play matchmaker. However this story is not put into play by Her Grace but Maggie herself and a secret she is trying desperately to keep contained.
Evie, the youngest sister, and Maggie are desperately trying to find Maggie’s reticule so that they may both go to Her Grace’s for the family tea get together. Try as they might they are unable to find it and have to head out without it. As they enter their parents house men who were meeting with their father are exiting. Maggie manages to get her shawl intertwined in Mr. Hazlit’s flower attached to his pocket with a pin. While trying to untangle them, Maggie gets her hair stuck in his lapel. Mr. Hazlit, or Benjamin ends up taking her hair down and that sparks ignite which sets everything into motion.
“His dark eyebrows rose, and for one instant, Maggie had the satisfaction of seeing Mr. Benjamin Hazlit at a loss.”
That is just the beginning for Maggie and Benjamin. She returns home and continues to look for her reticule but still can’t find it. Now she can either keep looking herself or turn to a private investigator to help her find it in time to keep her secret from coming to light. But it isn’t as simple as Maggie would like. She expects Benjamin to preform this service for money without knowing all the facts but quickly finds that he is going to require more of her than she wants to give. An innocent request turns into playing with fire. Will they be able to find her missing reticule without getting burned in the process?
“Mr.Hazlit?” She took another sip of tea.
“If you waggle your fingers at me, or-heaven forbid-snap them, I will bite you.”
“Where?” Something lurked in his eyes, something….playful?
“Where would you bite me?”
God help her, he’d dropped his voice to that smoky register she’d heard out in the rose arbor.
This book has the whole Sherlock Holmes feel to it. Lucas and Ben working together to solve this mystery.
Mr. Benjamin Hazlit and Mr.Lucas Denning Private Investigators at your service!
What I loved about this book:
I loved that Ben, who we meet in the first book, gets his happily ever after. I love how we watch his and Maggie’s relationship bloom. There was tons of humor mixed with anticipation.
I loved Lucas Denning’s, or Deene, character. When Evie and him happen upon each other the clever insults fly. I can only hope this means another great novel with these two characters actually admitting that there is more to them both than meets the eye.
I thought this book brought out more of Her Grace’s strong and loving character. You can see how much love she has for all her children, even those she didn’t give birth to.
“Were I them, I’d be snuggling up to Deene before many of his peers. There he goes now, and God help that twit on his arm. She looks like she went poaching for hares and got a boar in her gun sights.”
“Naughty, Helene.” Maggie hid her smile by pretending to search in her reticule.
“Sometimes, baby sister, your powers of observation border on rudeness.”
“There was something behind his smile, something Maggie suspected a woman would call concern and a man wouldn’t deign to put a label on even under threat of torture.”
“I’ve taken a sudden notion to appreciate mature females,” Deene was saying. “Though if her brothers ask, I’m being protective in their absence. Hold my drink.”
“He’s struggling a bit,” His Grace said. A neutral answer that applied to most men between toddlerhood and senescence.
“Mark me on this, Hazelton. I have daughters, daughters-in-law, granddaughters, and one duchess. I have made a study of the fairer sex out of sheer self-preservation, as any wise man will.”
It is simple-devote yourself to her happiness, and you will be rewarded tenfold.
“The Portmaine family motto is, ‘We thrive on impossible challenges.'”
Deene arched a blond eyebrow. “You just manufactured that for present purposes. You’re from the North, and your family motto is probably something like, ‘Thank God for friendly sheep.'”
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it had plenty of romance and quite a bit of mystery to keep me on the edge of my seat guessing what would happen next.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this ARC to review.