Summary: In a time when women have few options for their futures, bluestocking wallflower Llysa Hamilton has aged out of the marriage mart. With offers for her hand unlikely, she enlists Madame Eve’s 1Night Stand service to find the perfect man for one passionate night.
Wolfe Thane, Duke of Foxhaven, has never lacked for anything, but he’s bored with his entitled life. Winning a 1Night Stand voucher in a poker game appears to offer a perfect, commitment-free opportunity to add spice to his sex life.
Hiding behind a mask during her date with the duke offers Llysa anonymity and courage. Wolfe has never met a woman as intriguing and disingenuous.
Can true love be unmasked in just one night or will it be destined to stay on the shelf?
Review: The first thing you have to accept when reading this is insta-love. I didn’t find this a hardship because it is historical, he is a Duke and women didn’t have much choice in the marriage mart. The second is that the 1Night Stand service operated back than and that an unmarried woman of high family would be able to contact them.
Those two caveats aside, this is a great addition to the 1Night Stand series. Llysa has been on the shelf for years, seven years of no proposals, to be exact. She doesn’t mind this much, as it allows her to be herself. What she does want, however, is to know what it is like to be with a man, in a man’s bed and have a man want her. To this end, she enlists the aide of her maid (and friend) to spend one night learning.
As in most of the 1Night Stand books, this is fairly short with heavy emphasis on the sex. I enjoyed Llysa’s awakening to her own body, even as she is fearful of her reception…”Fear engulfed her as all the negative words she had ever heard about her weight flooded her.” Not just a modern thing, unfortunately.
The Duke is much more likeable than I thought, bored with the same routine, yes, but he’s sweet, loves his mother and he is gentle. This is a quick, sexy historical romance.