Secrets of a Wedding Night
by Valerie Bowman
About to be married and deeply in love, Lily and Devon never thought anything would come between them, but through scheming and lies, Devon's father and Lily's parents split them apart leaving their hearts broken and their spirits bitter.
It's five years later and Lily is the newly widowed Lady Merrill. Her husband has left her destitute and although she works to hide her financial trouble, keeping a roof over her and her sisters head is growing harder. Meanwhile, Devon isn't doing much better. Although he has tried to shield his son from his own reputation as a gambler and wastrel, he's been having the devil of a time doing so.
When word reaches Lily about Devon's upcoming nuptials she decides to write a letter to the his fiance so that she doesn't go into the marriage blind. She writes a notorious pamphlet that takes the ton by storm: "Secrets of a Wedding Night." Devon is furious when his fiancée calls off the marriage after reading the pamphlet. When Devon learns that the author is none other then Lily, he vows to get Lily to write a retraction by any means necessary. The war between the two begins with their hearts on the line.
Lily and Devon are both strong-willed characters who never give an inch when it comes to the retraction or seduction. Both were hurt by their belief that the other stood them up all those years ago. They carry a lot of hurt, anger and secrets they wish to hide from the other.
Lily and Devon's interactions were at times fun and sensual and gave me a great understanding of the emotions they thought long buried. However, their misunderstandings could have been cleared up very quickly if they only talked to the other, and this was the only blight in an overall fun and enjoyable book.
In Secrets of a Wedding Night we are given a great cast of charming characters and a nicely brisk pace. Valerie Bowman has created a great start to this series, and I am looking forward to more from this author.
“In a war of love and passion, who will be the true winner?”
October 2012, 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's
Young, widowed, and penniless, Lily Andrews, the Countess of Merrill,has strong opinions on marriage. When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times, she decides to take action. She will not allow another hapless girl to fall prey to a man—particularly the scoundrel who broke her heart five years ago. Anonymously she writes and distributes a pamphlet entitled “Secrets of a Wedding Night,” knowing it will find its way into his intended's innocent hands…
Devon Morgan, the Marquis of Colton, desires a good wife and mother to his son—someone completely unlike Lily Andrews, the heartless beauty who led him on a merry chase five years ago only to reject him. When Devon's new fiancée cries off after reading a certain scandalous pamphlet, he vows to track down the author and make her pay. But when he learns it's his former fiancée Lily, he issues a challenge: write a retraction or prepare to be seduced—to find out how wonderful a wedding night can be…