'Black Widow' by Lucy Leroux is Book Two in The "A Spellbound Regency Novel" series. This is the story of Amelia Montgomery and Gideon Wells, Earl of Flint. I have read the previous book (and loved it!) but this is easily a standalone book.
Amelia was the Ward of Sir Clarence who had a son named Martin and also a nephew named Gideon.
Martin and Gideon were close growing up and Gideon had met Amelia too. Martin talked about Amelia allot also. But later on when Gideon was away traveling and helping the war office Martin married Amelia. Martin and Amelia left also to travel after being married and did not return until sometime later. The book opens up with Amelia finding Martin, her husband dead with blood everywhere. The town blames her and Lord Worthing for his death. Lord Worthing was a close friend of Martin and Amelia. But the town only seems to know and care that Amelia and Lord Worthing are friends still a year later and that he is her lover.
Gideon who no longer works for the War Office after inheriting a title now has returned home to see about his new estate and to make sure Amelia pays for the death of Martin, his cousin. But Gideon is surprised by his quick desire for Amelia but he has his mind set on bring her to justice.
But things aren't always what them seem and it appears that Amelia is more the victim than being guilty.
I am so In Love with Ms. Leroux writing! I love everything she writes for sure and this book was just as wonderful as the other books I have read by her!
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