Feature book: A Wild Night’s Bride
This story is set in 1783 when young Prince George was enjoying life. Sir Edward Chambers, friend to the Prince and Viscount Ludovic DeVere, has been widowed for three years and has lead a life of celibacy, away from London, preferring the quiet life in the country with his daughter Vesta and steering clear of his friends.
Phoebe Scott has been working as a fill-in actress and helping with wardrobe at Covent Gardens Theatre since losing her job in the Royal Nursery, helping with the young princesses. An indiscretion gives Phoebe the chance to go on stage when the lead actress doesn’t show up, but the manager says that she really needs a protector to get on stage, as this is how the theatre makes their money, and that the theatre will be closing for renovations hence, Phoebe will be out of work. Phoebe needs to secure an income to keep herself and her family and the only means available is to take a protector, although this is not what she really wants. It is her only option and it may get her on stage in a lead role when the theatre reopens.
Sir Edward returns to London to secure a house so his daughter can have a season and goes to see his old friend DeVere who is known as the devil himself. DeVere is more than pleased to see Ned and ensures he has a house for the season and insists that Ned accompany him to a very special party. He is determined to get Ned back to his old self.
Phoebe sets her sights on DeVere as a protector and organises an invitation to the party Ned and DeVere will be attending, but the moment Ned and Phoebe set eyes on each other there is a pull and DeVere sees it as well. The party is very erotic and nothing that Ned or Phoebe would normally attend. After having a fairly drunken evening, the three are pulled into a dare of sorts that DeVere starts and things move along.
This is a story that sees two people who need each other thrown together with the help of a friend and is very adventurous along the way. Well written with great characters that all add to romance and adventure.
reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.