by Mary Balogh

May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-385-34105-9
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Scandal rocks London when the notorious Lady Paget comes to town. Rumors have flown about the death of her husband, with the most sensational on-dit naming the widow as an axe-wielding murderess. Why did she come to London and what does she hope to accomplish?

Economics has driven Cassandra Belmont, Lady Paget, to the one place she would rather not be. Her stepson refused to honor her wedding contract and she is destitute. Her solution is to find a “protector” to maintain her household. If the situation were any different, she would be far from town, living in peace. The thought of putting her well-being into a man's keeping makes her blood run cold.

Stephen Huxtable has matured to become one of society's most eligible bachelors. Kind and handsome, he dances with wallflowers and tongue-tied débutantes. He shamelessly flirts with older matrons and is well-liked by his peers. In short, he is the epitome of a gentleman. When Lady Paget seeks him out and makes a startling proposition, he is intrigued. There is something different about her.

Readers already know Mary Balogh has a deft hand at characterization and plot. In Seducing an Angel, she calls on all of those skills to bring us one of her best books to date. It is hard to imagine a more unlikeable woman than Cassandra, and yet by the end of the book readers appreciate, admire and celebrate her path to love. Stephen may at first appear to be an easy character to write – since he is so good - but he also has hidden depths that readers will appreciate.

There is but one cloud on the horizon as this book winds down – when will cousin Constantine find love? I believe I can speak for readers everywhere when I say that I hope it is soon!

Reviewed in April 2009 by Paula.

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