Layered characters in an intriguing and romantic story
A Lady’s Addiction by Angelina Jameson is a beautiful story of two people thrown together by chance: a widow drowning her sorrows in wine while dreaming of having a family, and a man plagued by guilt and injury.
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Title: A Lady’s Addiction by Angelina Jameson.
Publication Date: Independently published (February 29, 2020)
Anna, a widow battling alcohol addiction, is convinced she is worthless unless she bears a child.
Devlyn, sterile after an accident, has returned to England from an assignment for the Foreign Office.
Anna and Devlyn join forces to protect an innocent child from a blackmailer. Can they come to terms not only with their feelings for each other but whether they will allow society to dictate the true significance of life?
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The story begins with Anna, the heroine, meeting with a man in an obscure inn. She was a bit foxed and uncomfortable with what was about to transpire.
We learn she was a widow whose deceased husband claimed was a “lady of ice,” a person incapable of sexual desire or fulfillment. Despite a bad first marriage, she wanted to marry again to have children and a family to call her own. To be able to do that, she needed to prove to herself that she was not a frigid, unfeeling woman.
Things got tangled when Anna mistook the nobleman who knocked on her door for the cicisbeo she had hired.
Devlin was astonished and enchanted at the same time, and despite doing the honorable thing, he could not keep Anna from his mind. He found out that the man Anna had hired, but luckily had not got involved with, was blackmailing his sister-in-law and other women of the ton.
The story is full of layers. Anna, although behaving so boldly at the start, was a very honorable and sensible person who was fighting an alcohol addiction and in search of a meaning for her life.
Devlin, on the other hand, had regrets for past deeds and the consequences of a physical injury to deal with.
The side characters were interesting and complex: Devlin’s matchmaking mother, his crippled brother, his devious sister-in-law, his mysterious valet Wiggins, Anna’s selfish friend Cecily, her sweet son Andrew, and the villain Franco.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised to see that Mrs. Jameson, whose previous books I have read were charming and clean, can also write a more robust and sensual story. The passion scenes are well-written, and the overall writing very elegant.
I can’t wait to read the story of Devlin’s brother Cameron, and I hope Wiggins ends up getting a story as well.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(A slightly different version of this review was originally published on 02/28/2020 on lureviewsbooks.weebly.com)
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About the Author
Angelina Jameson is a multi-published author of historical Regency romance. Growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada, Angelina joined the US Air Force to see the world. Dreams of visiting the United Kingdom were fulfilled when she was stationed at RAF Lakenheath in the beautiful countryside of Suffolk, England. Five years later she returned to the states having acquired a love of not only all things British but also Regency and historical romance.
With the help of Romance Writers of America, the hobby of writing developed into a dream of sharing her stories with others. Angelina currently lives in the great state of Alaska with her supportive husband and two teenage sons. She loves to write with a steady supply of coffee nearby and one of three cats on her lap.