Rannulf Bedwyn, a rakishly handsome man, rescues Judith Law from an overturned stagecoach. Judith, who is on her way to become a companion to an elderly aunt, sees Rannulf's rescue as her one chance at adventure, so she pretends to be an actress and spends one night of passion with Rannulf, thinking she will never see him again.
Judith does meet him again, though, because Judith's aunt resides with Judith's cousin, Julianne, who Rannulf has travalled to court at his Great Aunt's request. When Rannulf discovers Judith, he courts her instead, but she must resist him for her family's sake.
Rannulf and Judith want each other, even though Rannulf's aunt is trying her best to match him with Julianne. The two must overcome family matchmaking and evil aunts if they want find the love that is hiding beneath the surface.
This report prepared by Angel Manners
Judith Law is on her way to a wealthy aunt's house, where she is convinced she will become a mere servant and remain a spinster. Chance throws her into a chance for a daring affair with a handsome stranger, so she pretends she's a famous actress on her way out of the country. Rannulf Bedwyn succumbs to her charms, and after an all too brief but blissful affair with Judith, he decides to join her on her "tour". Panicked that he'll discover the truth, she runs away to her aunt's home.
Fate has it that Rannulf has been invited there also - to woo Judith's cousin.
Judith and Rannulf must find a way around the games each plays and come to the truth about their love for each other.
This report prepared by Kayelle Allen
Dell, May 2003, 5.99, 348 pp.
Judith Law is the sibling with no future so her parents send her off to become a companion to her wealthy aunt. However, her first stagecoach ride proves unromantically tedious until the 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.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner