Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review: Once Upon a Wicked Night by Jennifer Haymore

All of London looks forward to the Dowager Duchess of Clayworth's annual ball. For no matter how hard the serious society matron strives to host an elegant event, scandal always ensues . . .

Seven years ago it was a young Serena Donovan and Jonathan Dane who shocked the ton when they were discovered in a most compromising position. Tonight they return for the first time as the Earl and Countess of Stratford. And while Serena hopes for a quiet evening to introduce her younger sister Olivia to society, Jonathan's only desire is to pick up where he and Serena left off . . .

Though innocent Olivia secretly longs for the kind of passion her sister shares with her husband, none of the men she's met spark a fire inside her heart-least of all the notorious Marquis of Fenwicke. When his request for a waltz turns into something sinister, Olivia must use her wit and wiles to evade a powerful peer who vows if can't have her, no man shall... 

Once Upon a Wicked Night is a short story bridge between the first two full-length novels of Ms. Haymore's newest series.  We return to the Dowager Duchess of Clayworth's annual ball where Jonathan and Serena, now married, were caught seven years earlier in a delicate situation that resulted in Serena's flight from London.   Serena has been charged by her mother to introduce her younger sisters Olivia and Jessica to London society.   It is also at this ball where Olivia meets the Marquis of Fenwick, who plays a large role in Secrets of an Accidental Duchess.  

Once Upon a Wicked Night is a quick read to lead you straight into Secrets of an Accidental Duchess

(A very special thank you to Forever Romance, Hachette Book Group and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Once Upon a Wicked Night.)

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