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Publisher's Note:

One title to change his life... A disgraced son with a dark reputation, William "Ferguson" Avenel is content to live in exile - until his father dies in the scandal of the Season. With rumors of insanity swirling around them, his sisters desperately need a chaperone. Ferguson thinks he's found the most proper woman in England - and he won't ruin her, even if he secretly desires the passionate woman trapped beneath a spinster's cap. One chance to break the rules... Lady Madeleine Vaillant can't face her blighted future without making one glorious memory for herself. In disguise, on a London stage, she finds all the adoration she never felt from the ton. But when she's nearly recognized, she will do anything to hide her identity - even setting up her actress persona as Ferguson's mistress. She'll take the pleasure he offers, but Madeleine won't lose her heart in the bargain. One season to fall in love... Every stolen kiss could lead to discovery, and Ferguson's old enemie…

Heiress Without a Cause

by Sara Ramsey

Overall Book Review:

The first appearance of the duke of Rothwell in the life of Lady Madeleine was to ask her to chaperone his twin sisters.  With that point being introduced at the beginning, one would think that would be a big part of the plot, however it was very much a side-plot that was hardly used at all.  Most of the ‘action’ of the story revolves around Lady Madeleine’s desire to be an actress.  She tries to stay away from ruination by her actress character (Margeurite) becoming the mistress of the notorious rake: The Duke of Rothwell.  The idea of her playing the mistress to the duke was really rather ingenious.  However, you can’t play with fire and not get burned!  Once they discover their mutual feelings, it’s all over!

Heiress Without A Cause is a fun and fast read, full of mishaps and intrigue.  Will Lady M be able to pull off her stunt of being an actress on a vulgar stage without being found out?  Will being the ‘mistress’ of the duke give her the cover she needs, or will it just add to the pile of her already smoldering camp fire?  What about the duke–will he stay and help his family and his new love, or will he run away again the first time things get hot?

The fun never stops, the storyline never lags and the characters are full of wit and personality.  The drawback (depending on your point of view, of course) is that this novel is one you’d be embarrassed if the guy on the bus behind you started reading over your shoulder.  The beginning is enticing and fun, but about half way through, once the characters give way to their mutual attraction, it is all about how often and in how many ways they can have sex.

The fun romantic theme of the devout spinster catching the hottest catch of the Season makes for a great book.  This is the first in a series about a group of friends who are all ‘old’ spinsters and set in their ways.  If the rest of the books are as much of a page-turner as this one, it may be worth the time to check them out and see what happens next!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Spencerhill Associates, Ltd.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 9 religious exclamations; 12 mild obscenities; 2 derogatory terms; 4 anatomical terms; 1 F-word derivative.

Violence/Gore: A character bites another character; a character kicks another; a character threatens to kill or imprison another character a few times; a few references are made of a murder/suicide; some characters talk about a past violent death.

Sex/Nudity: Many innuendoes, crude jokes, and references to mistresses; many references to and descriptions of character’s body parts in a sexual way; a few characters have thoughts/dreams/fantasies of other characters and often talk about taking them ‘into his/her bed’; many references to arousals; many instances of characters touching, kissing, caressing, necking; 2 extended and descriptive instances of characters touching/groping (without sexual intercourse–7 pages and 5 pages); several mentionings of sexual activity between characters either in conversation or imagination; several mature discussions regarding various sexual positions and fantasies; a discussion between two characters regarding the number of mistresses one of them has had in the past; 4 extended and explicitly detailed descriptions of sex, some with nudity, some without–these are slow and drawn out (7 pages, 10 pages, 11 pages and 22 pages in length); one short detailed sex scene.

Mature Subject Matter:

Gambling, Blackmail, Death of Family Members, Fornication, Deceit.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A character gets drunk on champagne.  Characters often drink in clubs, at parties, and at meals.

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I read anything and everything. I love the smell of books. My kids giggle at me when I open a new box of books from Amazon and I inhale the new pages and rub the shiny new spine against my face! 🙂 My husband just rolls his eyes at me and is grateful he has me on a budget! 🙂