Judith Law is the sibling with no future so her parents
send her off to become a companion to her wealthy aunt.
Her first stagecoach ride proves unromantically
tedious until an accident leads to the overturning of the
vehicle. Lord Rannulf Bedwyn rescues the damsel in
distress. Knowing she has nothing to look forward to,
Judith decides she will have one memory, a night of passion
with no strings with her hero, though she uses an alias.
Not long afterward, Judith arrives at her aunt's estate but
shockingly Rannulf comes almost immediately afterward
accompanied by his grandmother. He is meeting Julianne
Effingham, Judith's cousin. However, once he recognizes
who the companion is, Rannulf knows he is courting the
wrong relative but he has to persuade his beloved that they
belong to each other.
Though the "Slightly" series uses one night of heavenly
passion as part of an initial encounter, this tale also
depends heavily on a second step coincidence. Still, fans
will feel wickedly entertained by this delightful Regency
romance. The key to this pleasant plot is the lead
characters, trying to do the right thing for everyone, but
also wanting to please themselves, which conflicts with
their noble efforts. The latest Bedwyn tale is an
invigorating novel that will send newcomers seeking
previous Mary Balogh stories and her fan base waiting for
next month's SLIGHTLY SCANDALOUS romance.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 24, 2003