Also in this series: Confessions of an Improper Bride, Pleasures of a Tempted Lady
Series: Donovan Sisters #2
Published by Forever on February 1st 2012
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
With her pale hair and slim figure, Olivia Donovan looks as fragile as fine china, and has been treated as such by her sisters ever since a childhood bout with malaria. But beneath her delicate facade, Olivia guards a bold, independent spirit and the kind of passionate desires proper young ladies must never confess... It was a reckless wager, and one Max couldn't resist: seduce the alluring Olivia or forfeit part of his fortune. Yet the wild, soon-to-be Duke never imagined he'd fall in love with this innocent beauty. Nor could he have guessed that a dangerously unpredictable rival would set out to destroy them both. Now, Max must beat a Madman at his own twisted game-or forever lose the only woman to have ever won his heart.
After living a life of being sick and being coddled way too much, Olivia has come to England to live a peaceful and contented life with her sisters. Olivia knows that her chances of finding a husband who would accept her history of bad health, is very rare. So she doesn’t even expect to find a husband in London. When her family goes to their estate in the countryside, she does there to relax and spend some quality time with her family. But then she meets Max, who awakens her independent nature and and sensual desires. Max, when seeing Olivia in a crowded ballroom in London, was captivated, and wanted only to know her more. Then he makes a foolhardy wager, to see who can seduce her the fastest. Only Max never thought that he would end up falling in love with her, and when his recklessness comes to kick him in the butt, he endeavors to protect Olivia at all costs…
Max lost his mother at a very young age at the brutal hand of his father abusing her. So he has always been very protective, even though he fears that deep inside himself he is just like his father, and one day he fears what he will become. When he meets Olivia he is charmed by her sweet nature and self confidence. Olivia makes him believe that a future is possible…
Olivia, when she was young, had a bout of Malaria, and ever since then, her family has treated her as a fragile porcelin doll, even though she knows they have her best interests at heart, she wants to feel again, to be independent, and she knows that she is stronger than ever. When she meets Max her world changes, and she finds herself wanting more in her life, something passionate. Then she finds herself falling in love with Max, and wanting more in her life than being with her sisters…she wants to be loved
Secrets of an Accidental Duchess is the second in the series, and I just LOVED this one!!! I think I read this in two hours….which only happens when I am really into a book, so this one was a winner, and I am totally addicted to this author. I just have loved every story I have read by her so far. There are different things that I really enjoyed about this story. Max is one of those hero’s that you just fall for instantly. Even though he makes that ridiculous wager, you can see how much he starts to really care for Olivia. Olivia is just a ball of fun, she is sweet and innocent, but desires passion in her life. I just loved seeing Max and Olivia interact with each other, there was such a sense of playfulness, that really engages the reader. There was also lots of action and suspense portion to the plot, that really leaves one flipping the pages as fast as you can turn them. Overall a fun and suspenseful plot, complex characters, and a story that will capture your heart!! A Keeper For Your Shelf!