Hannah Reid, the Duchess of Dunbarton is re-entering society after a year of mourning her husband. She was only nineteen when she wed the Duke who was many decades older. While most of the ton labeled her a gold-digger, she had a very loving relationship with her husband and missed him deeply. But he would be the first to tell her that it was time to move on. So she has decided to take a lover for the season. And, she has decided who that lover will be – Constantine Huxtable. She is not used to being denied.
Constantine has returned to town with his cousins and as is his habit, looks about for an appealing assignation. He selects his lovers with care, and remains with them for only one season. When he realizes that the Duchess intends to be that lover, he is intrigued. She is quite beyond his usual companions. She is haughty and demanding. He is not at all certain that he even likes her. But she is undeniably beautiful. Is there something more to her than a lovely shell?
Hannah and Constantine are so similar in many ways. Each presents a careful veneer to the public eye, hiding their true natures away. Each has been misjudged and hurt yet find comfort in their shared intimacies.
Author Mary Balogh has brought one of reader’s favorite characters back to grace the pages of A Secret Affair. From the moment he burst onto the page in First Comes Marriage, we have been waiting for his story. And what a story it is! Filled with humor and deepest emotion, Ms. Balogh has given us everything we need in a romance and so much more.