A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

TBR Challenge: Flirting With Ruin by Marguerite Kaye

on January 15, 2020

The theme: Short shorts.

Why This One: Having realized last night that I wasn’t going to get my book read in time, I searched for a short story. This is an author I’ve enjoyed before, and one of the fews shorts I have that’s not erotica. (I should just delete all my erotica ebooks at this point — except what if I go wild in my 70s?)

Flirting With Ruin is more sedate than its title suggest. It’s designed primarily to introduce the “Castonbury” series, a Downton Abbey-inspired multi author series, most notable for including an interracial romance also written by Kaye. (Unexpected from Harlequin in 2012.)

At 47 pages on my Kindle, there’s not a lot of room here to spend on the characters. Lady Rosalind has acquired a reputation as a wanton widow, a reaction to “six years married to a puritanical man, seventeen before that raised by a puritanical father” — but she hasn’t really done much to deserve the reputation, or enjoyed the little she’s done. On a slightly scandalous evening out at a harvest celebration, she’s immediately attracted to a stranger, and vice versa. They share some passionate anonymous necking but agree to stop there.

The next day the stranger, revealed as Major Fraser Lennox, appears at Castonbury to give the family a medal earned in battle by the dead heir. This reminder of mortality spurs Fraser and Rosalind to say the hell with it and have a fling. It’s a nice enough story, with a nice ending for the heroine who’s had such a repressed, depressing life. But it didn’t leave me panting to get my hands on the rest of the books.


4 responses to “TBR Challenge: Flirting With Ruin by Marguerite Kaye

  1. Liz Mc2 says:

    I think at this point most of my digital TBR is for “what if I go wild (again) in my 70s?” purposes!

  2. willaful says:

    At least it’s digital space.

  3. SuperWendy says:

    I remember Ann Lethbridge’s Castonbury Park book being dynamite and I liked Kaye’s. Why I didn’t pick up more in that series is a bit of a mystery….

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