Avon, Aug 2003, 6.99, 384 pp.
Simon Darby worries that a male offspring leaves his stepsisters without a dowry and he with only income from his lace importing business. However, Simon knows the “infamous Esme” is a constant scandal so anyone could be the sire. He plans to visit his notorious pregnant aunt.
Because of her limp, Lady Henrietta Maclellan can only dream of a London season let alone a husband and children as no male would want a deformed wife. When she meets her friend Esme's nephew, she knows he is the one for her, but realizes her imperfection would never do for him. Though she hides her feelings, she writes a letter filled with passion that becomes public, scandalizing the Ton, who blame Simon. Forced to marry or else, Simon and Henrietta are falling in love, but neither trusts the other with their heart.
FOOL FOR LOVE, the sequel to DUCHESS IN LOVE, is a terrific romance that will hook the audience (as did the first tale) because of the interactions and relationships (some dysfunctional) of the powerfully drawn cast. The witty story line includes the return of characters from the previous novel, but this book belongs to Simon, Henrietta, and an infamous letter, who manage to keep the plot out of trite sand traps. Eloisa James provides a strong historical that will send the audience back to re-read the prequel keeper so set time for both in one sitting
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner