by Candice Hern

August 2007
ISBN: 978-0-451-22191-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Grace Marlowe doesn’t fit the Merry Widow mold very well. She was a sheltered girl of eighteen when she married the famous cleric, and his teachings have made her the woman she is today. While the other women in her circle experienced the gaiety of a Season or two, she was learning about her role as a bishop’s wife, a role of propriety and modest behavior. Now as his widow, she is sometimes scandalized by her friends’ flirtations and talk of lovers.

She is appalled when one of the most infamous rakes, Viscount Rochdale, takes an interest in her. She cannot understand why he is suddenly at every event, making sure to speak to her, subtly letting her know he is intrigued. Surely that wicked man cannot think that she will succumb to his flirtation?

Actually, that is exactly what John Grayston, Viscount Rochdale, thinks. He believes so strongly that he can seduce anyone that he has made a wager about his prowess. When his opponent selects prim and proper Grace Marlowe as the target, he knows he will have to do something unexpected to win the prize. In getting to know Grace, he learns much more about himself than he planned.

Lady Be Bad is a delightful story, full of humor and passion. Author Candice Hern has crafted another tale that goes beyond mere romance to show the people between the pages. When the path to Happily Ever After takes a serious detour, be prepared for a throat-closing ending.

Reviewed in August 2007 by Paula.

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