By Elyse Mady
One woman in search of passion
Miss Cecilia Hastings has achieved what every young lady hopes for during her first London season…in duplicate! She’s caught the eye of not one but two of England’s most eligible bachelors. Both Jeremy Battersley, Earl of Henley, and Richard Huxley, Duke of Wexford are handsome, wealthy and kind, the epitome of proper gentlemen. But Cecelia doesn’t want proper, she wants passion. So she issues a challenge to her suitors: a kiss, so that she may choose between them.
Two men in love with the same woman
Friends since childhood, and compatriots on the battlefields of Spain, falling for the same woman has set Jeremy and Richard at odds, and risks destroying their friendship forever. But a surprising invitation to a late-night garden tryst soon sets them on a course that neither of them could have anticipated. And these gentlemen quickly discover that love can take many forms…
This Blonde’s Review:
Cecilia has done what every other girl has wanted. She has managed to catch an Earl and a Duke. Jeremy and Richard have been friends forever and have attempted to not let their love ruin their friendship, yet they know when she makes her choice it will change things between them. Since Jeremy and Richard are both honorable men they have been wooing Cecilia the honorable way, but that isn’t what she wants. Cecilia wants passion. So she challenges them each to a kiss to see which man she has passion with.
In a way that requires the author to suspend belief the virginial Cecilia is soon in the middle of a threesome with both men showing their passion for her. Rather than be intimidated or afraid of something so unconventional she is quick to embrace it and enjoy everything that being with two men can give to her.
Once they realize that they can love and have passion within the three, they still have the dilemma of which man to marry. The author wraps this up in a way that is very unlikely but still leaves room for a potential happy ending if we can ignore the obvious difficulties that would come about, especially in that era. I would have had an easier time with the way this story was put together if one man had a title and the other didn’t, but with two titled men clearly they would both need heirs and couldn’t share her forever.
It was an interesting story and perhaps could have been made better if it had been longer. It was enjoyable but my opinion was rather lukewarm. I don’t regret reading it but I doubt I’d be eager to read it a second time.
If you think the description sounds like something that would appeal to you then be sure to get a copy of the Debutante’s Dilemma, you may find it to be something you want to keep handy to read more than once.