Stages of Desire
by Julia Tagan
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)
Release Date: January 5, 2015
To be or not to be—in love…
As a ward of the Duchess of Dorset, Harriet can hardly expect more from a match than the ringing endorsement of “from what I’ve heard, the man is financially secure and his teeth are quite regular.” After all, she’s only the lowly daughter of traveling actors, not the actual daughter of the duchess.
William Talbot, Earl of Abingdon is set to marry the duchess’s daughter. After his elder brother’s scandalous death, his family’s reputation is paramount, and he’ll allow nothing to damage it again. But when Harriet disappears to save her father from debtor’s prison, the scandal threatens William and his intended’s family.
The simple task of fetching the duchess’s runaway ward turns complicated when Harriet insists on traveling with her father’s acting company. William’s forced to tag along, and finds himself entranced. The stage transforms Harriet into a free-spirited, captivating beauty. But someone’s been sabotaging the theater company, and instead of facing scandal, William and Harriet discover a threat not only to their growing passion, but to their lives…
When Harriet goes to help her father, whom she hasn't seen in years, William goes to bring her back so she doesn't bring scandal to the family that he plans to marry into. He is to marry her foster sister and she is to marry a man old enough to be her father. Both are planning to do the proper thing. Even after they fall in love. It gets frustrating at times. William is so concerned about the appearance of propriety. Harriet feels she owes the duchess for taking her in. What was nice was seeing the transformation of each character. Even though they decide to go and do the right thing, the experience that they had together changes them both. They just have to figure out what they're going to do about it. An enjoyable read with romance, steam, suspense, and Shakespeare.
My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: !!!!
Steam Factor: !!!!