Mrs. Sophia Westman neé Huntington is alone in Baden-Baden,
near the end of her resources and close to desperate. Her
wastral of a husband died, leaving her with little recourse
except her skill at cards to keep the wolf from the door. A
last ditch gamble with a dangerous man brings her enough
funds to leave the city for a chancy future in Paris helping
a friend set up a fashionable salon where the elite come to
socialize and gamble. The far-off masked encounter with the
most exciting man she's ever known, Dominic St. Claire,
remains firmly in her past, a youthful indiscretion and one
that dare not be repeated lest she lose any chance of
reconciling with her straight-laced family.
Dominic St. Claire lost his demure and sweet fiance Jane to
illness and determined no other woman would do. Only someone
as self-effacing as Jane could or would counterbalance his
flamboyant, impulsive nature. No, he decided it was best to
remain alone, and focus on his acting career, helping his
theatrical family in any way he could. Then, on a trip to
Paris to launch another family production he encounters a
woman he simply must have, no matter the cost. And despite
the antipathy his family has had for the Huntingtons for
centuries he can't keep faith with the wrong done his
ancestress in the face of his desire for Sophia
Laurel McKee (pseudonym for Amanda McCabe) revisits the St.
Claire family in the second in her series. Book one was One
Naughty Night, featuring their quiet adoptive daughter, Lily
St. Claire. Book two focuses on perhaps the most flamboyant
of them all in Dominic. McKee's historical romances differ
from most in that one of the central families in her
series is not of the ton despite their past, but a family
who makes a living in the theater. She explores themes just
outside the bounds of propriety while writing her tales of
love. The Scandalous St. Claires series is one to
follow. In a genre best known for it's fairly rigid
underpinnings it is refreshing to find an author who so
skillfully colors outside the lines.
A hundred years has passed since the bitter rivalry between
the St. Claires and the Huntingtons began. But in London,
the feud goes on . ..
Lady Sophia Huntington isn't what she appears to be. Born
into a noble family, the impulsive, wild-hearted beauty has
fallen on difficult times. Banished from her home, Sophia
dreams of the day she can finally win her father's
forgiveness and return to London. Until the sudden
appearance of a suitor from the scandalous St. Claire family
threatens to reveal her darkest secrets . . .
Dominic St. Claire vows to exact revenge upon the
Huntingtons, who destroyed his family's fortune generations
ago. His perfect target is the lovely but proud Lady Sophia.
After using her to discover the Huntingtons' financial
secrets, he will cause a great scandal by eloping-and then
abandoning his bride. But his plot soon unravels when he
finds his own heart ensnared-in a trap not of his own making.