The Year of Living Scandalously
In 1792, the village of Hadley Green executed a man for stealing the Countess of Ashwood’s historic jewels. Fifteen years later, questions still linger. Was it a crime of greed—or of passion? When Declan O’Connor, Earl of Donnelly, arrives at Hadley Green to meet with Lily Boudine, the new... show more
In 1792, the village of Hadley Green executed a man for stealing the Countess of Ashwood’s historic jewels. Fifteen years later, questions still linger. Was it a crime of greed—or of passion? When Declan O’Connor, Earl of Donnelly, arrives at Hadley Green to meet with Lily Boudine, the new countess of Ashwood, he knows instantly that the lovely woman who welcomes him is not who she pretends to be. In an attempt to avoid an unwanted marriage, Keira Hannigan has assumed her cousin’s identity and is staying at the estate while Lily is abroad. When Declan threatens to expose her, Keira convinces him to guard her secret, then enlists him in her investigation of the missing jewels, for she now believes an innocent man was hanged. Unable to deny the beautiful, exasperating Keira—or their simmering passion—Declan reluctantly agrees. But neither is prepared for the dangerous stranger who threatens to reveal Keira’s lies . . . and Declan knows he must protect Keira at all costs, for she is the woman who now owns his heart.
Publish date: April 1st 2011
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Pages no: 567
Edition language: English
Series: The Secrets of Hadley Green (#1)
The Secrets of Hadley Green Book 1 A romance with a bit of mystery in the background. For me, I was way more into the mystery part than the romance between Keira and Declan. Keira and Declan weren't exactly boring. I thought their past together and the tragedies they both experienced were intr...
So, I like that the characters didn't jump into bed with one another right aware. That being said, the plot was so so. I'd probably like it better if everything wrapped up neatly, but a lot is left to be dealt with in later books. I get why the author would do that, but I hate that quite a few plot...
I liked this book but I had issues with it as well. I kept waiting for something to happen between the h/h who actively disliked each other. It took over half the book for any sort of romance or for anything to really happen regarding the mystery they were trying to solve. I also felt that Declan'...
Keiras cousin Lily finds herself a duchess through inheritance but she doesn´t want to give up on her, much planned, trip to Italy. So Keira gets persuaded into going in her place to see to the maintenance and prepare for Lily´s arrival. When Keira arrives, she´s mistaken for the duchess and pressin...
I loved this one! A new series is off to a great start. Cousins plot together. Lily has just become Countess of Ashwood but had plans to go to Italy. She convinces her cousin Keira to go in her place and run things while she is aboard. But, things are happening quickly when Keira arrives and she was...