Lady Emily Carroll has a reputation as an Ice Princess, but
in fact is simply shy and uncomfortable in company. She much
prefers a quiet evening by the fire with a good book but her
duty to her family demands she face the crowds of the ton
and snare a husband before the Season's end. Although the
Duke of Manning would be ideal (his father and hers had been
friends) as usual when meeting in public she found her
tongue tied in knots and her movements stiff and awkward.
Although she does feel a certain warmth whenever his gaze
falls upon her, she knows his family home is full of
activity and upheaval, and not the calm oasis she needs for
her own future happiness.
Nicholas, Duke of Manning comes from a family of
rambunctious fun-lovers but deeply feels his responsibility
as head of the family. He knows he must take a wife, and
although he is attracted to the beautiful Emily Carroll and
believes she would make a superior duchess her demeanor
indicates she does not care for him overmuch. He refuses to
tie himself or another into marriage without the barest hint
of affection, although love itself is out of the question.
He has loved and lost more than any man should bear already
and refuses to risk his heart again.
In this spin off from McCabe's entry in the anthology
The Diamonds of Welbourne Manner a typical Regency-era
romance is laid out before us but written with such warmth
and attention to detail you will find yourself enchanted. A
sweet and romantic read perfect for taking the edges off a
difficult day, I found it completely satisfying.
With her golden hair and dazzling emerald eyes, Lady Emily
Carroll should have her pick of suitors. Instead, her
crippling shyness has earned her the nickname "Ice
Princess." Nicholas, Duke of Manning, isn't looking for a
bride, but he won't pass up a stolen kiss at a masked ball.
With her blushes hidden, Emily lets her inhibitions go. Only
to find herself betrothed! Now it's her wedding night, and
her new husband seems determined to thaw his Ice Princess
and reveal her every secret....