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The Wedding Affair by Leigh Michaels

September 14th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: September 1, 2011

Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from The Duke of Somervale’s sister’s wedding brings together three couples who must sort themselves out to avoid scandal. The handsome Duke persuades Lady Reyne to pretend to be his fiancée so he can avoid the matchmakers but falls in love with her anyway. Lady Reyne’s friend Kate discovers how much she has in common with adventurer Andrew Carlisle, and Lady Penelope Townsend discovers new love with her estranged husband.

I have heard wonderful things about Leigh Michaels so when I was offered Just One Season in London to review I decided to chance it.  Talk about taking risks paying off. I fell in love with that book and was so excited to be given the opportunity to review The Wedding Affair.  While not a 5 star read for me it did solidly place Leigh Michaels in my must read historical romance authors list.

I loved all the characters but especially the Duke and Lady Reyne.  The chemistry between the two sizzles whenever they are together and also just reading about both going about their daily tasks made me enjoy them even more.  It was touching to see Simon spending time with Lady Reyne’s daughter, Charlotte, for the sheer pleasure of it and being shocked that his actions could be viewed in a nefarious light.  Lady Stone, a favorite of mine from the last book, makes another appearance here and keeps the humor going as she can make observations that only a high ranking, crochety old woman can make without censure.

The romances between Kate and Andrew and Penelope and her husband were just as sweet but I really wish each duo had their own book dedicated to their story.  It felt like both could have been developed so much more especially Penelope’s story.  The estrangement between her and her husband was brought up so abruptly that at first I wondered if she avoided him because he was abusive or a cad.  Then we find out the real reason he keeps himself distant from Penelope and it seems childish yet understandable but then the resolution comes so suddenly that it made his feelings seem trivial and like someone who was having a temper tantrum.

Still I did really enjoy this book and my main criticism was it would have been better as 3 books so we could have seen more of each couple.  If you haven’t read Leigh Michaels you should definitely pick up one of her books.

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