Mistress By Mistake
Susan Gee Heino
Berkley, Dec 2009, $7.99
In 1816 heiress Evaline Pinchley looks forward to her birthday coming soon when she reaches the age where she will control her money; she has no plans to marry some wastrel after her wealth. Lord Dashford is tired of matchmakinging moms trying to get their daughters married to him because of his money; he decides to let everyone believe he is broke.
Evaline’s Aunt Bella drags her to a party at the Dashford estate. She gets drunk in his garden to celebrate her liberation birthday. He sneaks out to his garden for a respite from the horde of marriage mommas. The pair accidentally meets in the garden. The next morning she awakens in his bed. However, when his former fiancé arrives proclaiming he is hers; Evaline acquiesces but decides to taste another night in his bed.
This is an amusing Regency romance starring two individuals who deny love and marriage but cannot resist the sexual lure of the other. The story line is fast-paced as the lead couple with a strong support cast (her family and his two best friends) make for an amusing tale of I’m Not in Love only in lust. Susan Gee Heino provides sub-genre fans with a wonderful historical.