Lily Andrews, Countess of Merrill, is young, widowed, and on the cusp of destitution. She was only married for a month, when her old husband died leaving her to basically fend for herself. Now five years later, life is still quite difficult and now she spots the engagement announcement of Devon Morgan, Marquis of Colton (the love of her life five years ago) to some young ninny heiress with more money than brains. Lily figures she should do a public service and expose the scariness of the marriage bed by writing a little pamphlet called Secrets of a Wedding Night. This little piece of literature serves to scare the willies out of young misses all over London (including fainting spells and hysteria), even the fiancée of Devon Morgan. And bullseye; she hits her target. The heiress cries off. Lily figures Devon ruined her life five years ago, she would just repay the favor.
Devon Morgan, Marquis of Colton, is in a word, ticked off. He tracks down the author of this pamphlet that has served to put a damper on his best laid plans, marry a rich heiress. On the other end of this informative piece of literature he finds the little chit that broke his heart and married another five years ago. He has decided to teach her the best lesson of all, and that is to show her how a real wedding night is supposed to occur by seducing her.
Lily refuses to give into her baser urges as Devon is busy out for revenge for the pain she caused him. Lily’s true financial state is starting to come to light and Devon’s secrets are starting to emerge among the ballrooms of London. These two have to come together to stop the scandal of the ages that will kill the reputation of Lily’s sister. Can they work together and not reemerge the passion and the pain from the past?
Secrets of a Wedding Night is a really enjoyable read. Lily is strong, independent and determined to survive. Devon has so many secrets, you cannot wait until each juicy detail is revealed. I enjoyed how expertly secrets were revealed like little morsels being fed to a king.