The Ladies Literary Society of London is still going strong and still favoring the risqué novels to boring old classics. This time it is The Memoirs of a Mistress that is giving the ladies new ideas.
Carolyn, Viscountess Wingate, has managed to come to terms with life after the loss of her dear husband. Her sister Sarah, the new Marchioness Langston, is not satisfied with Carolyn merely existing. Sarah wants her to enjoy a full life and to know happiness once more. If she is uncompromising in this endeavor it is only because she loves Carolyn so very much.
Carolyn feels excited and reckless at the prospect of attending a masquerade ball in a revealing dress purchased for her by Sarah. No one will know it is she enjoying a night of freedom from her own propriety. She recognizes Lord Daniel Surbrooke at the ball regardless of his costume and her thoughts turn back to the house party where she “borrowed” his pants for Frank N. Stein. Anonymity gives her the courage to accept Daniel’s invitation to dance as well as follow him outdoors. Whether it is the setting, the new knowledge from the scandalous novel the Society finished reading, or the loneliness that sometimes beset her Carolyn doesn’t know, but when Daniel kissed her she enjoyed it.
Daniel wasn’t fooled. He’d known from the moment he’d laid eyes on the woman that it was Carolyn behind the mask. Carolyn affects him like no other woman. The kiss and her response to him lets Daniel know how much he needs Carolyn. Yet he is still not ready to fall in love. Daniel convinces himself it is purely lust that drives this need to have her in his life. He concocts a plan. He will ask Carolyn to become his mistress. Matters of the heart will not be involved. But there is a problem. Carolyn still loves her deceased husband and wishes to remain loyal to his memory. To make matters worse women whom Daniel has been involved with in the past start showing up murdered. Now the authorities view Daniel as a potential suspect.
Confessions at Midnight is a wonderful addition to the Mayhem in Mayfair series. Combine an endearing heroine and an irresistible hero with this author’s talent and the results are both sexy and entertaining. You can’t go wrong with a Jacquie D’Alessandro book.