Finally free after a desperately unhappy marriage, widowed Lady Dearing goes to a masquerade. She thinks it’s just a lark, but matters turn serious when she kisses a costumed stranger who protected her from a drunken lout. Word leaks out, scandal escalates and she becomes the ton’s most infamous widow. Shunned by society, she retreats to her country estate. Having no children of her own, she finds joy in caring for children she’s taken in from London’s Foundling Hospital. But every night, she is haunted by the memory of the gallant stranger, whose seductive voice and gentle touch awakened desires she’d thought long dead.
Two years later, Sir Jeremy Fairhill still hungers for the lady from the masquerade. She felt like his match, more than his saintly deceased wife, more than any of the respectable ladies his friends urge him to marry. Failing to find her, he throws his energies into the cause of the Foundling Hospital, where he serves on the Board of Governors. Hearing that a notorious woman has some of the foundlings in her charge, he is impelled to investigate. He has no idea that she is the lady he seeks, but soon his sense of honor is at odds with his dangerous passion for the elusive, alluring Lady Dearing.
A Romantic Times Top Pick!
Phoenix Desert Rose RWA Golden Quill, Best Historical Romance
Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Best Regency Romance Novel of 2005
Finalist, New Jersey Romance Writers’ Golden Leaf
“Lady Dearing’s Masquerade could have been a dark, depressing story considering its many tragedies: orphaned foundlings, throwaway babies, malicious gossip, years of abuse. But it’s a tribute to Elena Greene that the story is poignant, and the admirable way in which Jeremy and Livvy deal with their trials endears them to readers and will have you rooting for them to unite.” — Romantic Times Bookclub (4 and 1/2 stars, TOP PICK)
“Lady Dearing’s Masquerade is a delightful Regency romance. The characters of this remarkable tale sparkle with sensitivity, wit, humor, and a genuine quality that will make them stand out in readers’ minds long after the last page is turned... The passion and romance of this wonderful story are heartwarming and a pleasure to read. The characters shine with genuine emotions and believable dialogue. Secondary characters are an essential element to the story and an insight into Livvy’s and Jeremy’s personalities. For a story that is sure to stoke the romantic fires burning in every Regency fan, be sure not to miss Lady Dearing’s Masquerade.” — Edith Morrison, for Romance Reviews Today
“This was a very well written novel, with great characters and a terrific (and plausible) plot... I’ll definitely be looking for more books by Elena Greene.” — Lynn Lamy, for Rakehell
“This is a SuperRegency from Signet, which means it has a greater page count and more sensuality
than your basic Regency, both of which Elena Greene puts to good use in Lady Dearing’s Masquerade...
this was a terrific read, and I recommend it.”
— Cheryl Sneed, for All About Romance
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