Blue Ribbon Rating: 4 out of 5Original Review Link
Widowed Lady Katherine Varney is highly regarded by the ladies of the ton for her fashion sense and respectable behavior. She’s also highly desired by the bachelors of society who are seeking a wife, thanks to her discreet matchmaking business. What no one knows is that Kitty’s risqué business isn’t simply a pastime – it’s a means to survive and pay off her late husband’s debts. Kitty can’t afford to turn down a lucrative financial proposition, even if it comes from the one man she doesn’t want as a client.
Viscount Justin Belmont rescued Kitty years ago, but Kitty’s father forbade her from marrying the dashing then-captain. Now Justin seeks a wife, and his criteria are both strict and shocking. Not only is Kitty one of the very few women who meets Justin’s qualifications, she’s possibly the only one who will give into his demand that the “candidate” spend the night in his bed. Kitty knows she can never wed Justin, but is she willing to risk heartbreak once more to satisfy her longing for a night of passion in Justin’s arms?
I adore a good red-hot reunion romance, and LADY VARNEY’S RISQUÉ BUSINESS definitely fits the bill. Cerise DeLand perfectly blends lust and longing in this sizzling charmer of a tale. Kitty and Justin steam up the pages like there’s no tomorrow, but it’s their love for one another and the sadness of their initial separation that truly makes LADY VARNEY’S RISQUÉ BUSINESS memorable. At times, it seemed that hints of Jane Austen’s PERSUASION flavored LADY VARNEY’S RISQUÉ BUSINESS, but those elements only enriched the romance.
The obstacles blocking Justin and Kitty’s road to happily-ever-after aren’t insurmountable, but they aren’t easy to overcome either. Ms. DeLand kept me avidly reading LADY VARNEY’S RISQUÉ BUSINESS, eager to see how Kitty and Justin’s love story would turn out. Though I won’t spoil what happens, I will say that I finished LADY VARNEY’S RISQUÉ BUSINESS a well-satisfied reader. If you like your historical romance with lots of spice, then LADY VARNEY’S RISQUÉ BUSINESS is the story for you.Note:
My review was written for Romance Junkies and is cross-posted here courtesy of Romance Junkies.