Format: .mobi (provided by author in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: August 16, 2013
He believes in destiny. She just wants to survive it...
At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life by including a man in it again. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do: stop the wedding. Unfortunately, destiny has other plans.
Konstantin Alexie Levin never considered himself to be a villain. In fact, he considers himself to be a Russian gentleman. Having grown up in a refined and well-educated family that embraced criminal life to avoid debtor’s prison, the only thing preventing him from knowing happiness is the rest of the world. Everything changes, however, when Konstantin is given a chance to start life anew and travel to London to collect an unexpected reward for saving a man’s life. To his surprise, he is about to become a hero at midnight to a beautiful aristocrat who desperately needs his help. The problem is…he wants to do more than save Lady Stone. He wants to make the woman his, all his.
Yes! Let's hear it for the older heroine! The cougar! The loving mother who deserves a lover of her own!
I can count on one hand the number of romance novels I've read where the heroine is older than the hero by more than five years. From those few romance novels, I can honestly say that I only liked one of them. Romancing Lady Stone makes two.
Because author Delilah Marvelle made Cecilia such a likable heroine. She wasn't some dumpy, old maid getting her second wind and becoming a radiant new woman at the hands of her lover Konstantin. Cecila already IS a radiant woman, she just happens to have a grown son and teenage daughters.
Konstantin was a dashing, younger hero. Trying to escape his criminal past, he has been laboring for meager pay until one of his past good deeds comes back to reward him. Now he's on his way to London to collect his reward when he meets Cecilla. He's an intelligent, attractive character and he definitely made my heart pound a little faster.
Marvelle created two characters that are immediately attracted to each other and the sexual tension is present from the very second they meet. The heat level in this short story is pretty intense and makes me wonder if the author's full length novels are just as hot or more.
As a novella Romancing Lady Stone works. If it had been a full length novel then it proabably would have dragged on and on and bored me to tears but as a novella its brisk pace and lively character interactions made for a very pleasant reading experience. Though it's part of a series, it can be read as a standalone without any fear of spoilers. Thank goodness because I want to read the previous books!