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The Battle of Waterloo made them widows, but each has found new happiness. And Jane, Lady John Tarkington, intends to keep her freedom, even if love—and one particular gentleman—are determined to claim her heart . . .
It is a truth rarely acknowledged—at least in public—that a wealthy widow is free to pursue a great many adventures. For two years, Jane has privately enjoyed her independence. Why should she remarry, even when the gentleman proposing is as wonderful as Gareth, Lord Kinellan? She entreats him never to ask her again. But as her Widows’ Club friends—now all joyfully remarried—gather at Castle Kinellan, Jane begins to wonder if stubbornness has led her to make a terrible mistake . . .
Kinellan needs a wife to give him an heir, and he wants that wife to be Jane. They are perfect together in every way, yet she continually refuses him. Just as he is on the point of convincing her, a series of accidents befall Gareth and point to an enemy in their midst. He has promised Jane a passionate future filled with devotion, but can he keep them both alive long enough to secure it?
“The men would stay here how long to hunt?” The primitive accommodations did not instill confidence in Jane. She’d likely not make it here a single night.
“According to my father, sometimes a week or more.”
Grimacing, Jane moved to the single door on the right. “What room is this?”
“That chamber is reserved for the Kinellan.” He opened the door and ushered her in.
Much larger than the other rooms, this one boasted a large double-sized poster bed with curtains around its four sides made of what was once costly blue brocade fabric, though now faded and dusty looking. At the time they were new they must have been quite elegant. The walls of this chamber were not Spartan as the other rooms, but decorated with several sets of antlers, a portrait of some Seton ancestor she assumed, and an ancient broadsword hung beneath the Seton coat of arms. A chest on chest and a wardrobe gave the room an aura of sophistication after the other sparsely furnished rooms.
“I see the Kinellan likes his luxuries.” She ran her hand over the comforter and pressed down on the mattress, testing the bed. “Although this mattress is quite lumpy.”
“Really?” Kinellan suddenly loomed overtop of her and she caught her breath. “That could be unfortunate.”
“Unfortunate?” Her voice rose to a squeak as he tipped her head back and lowered his mouth to hers.
The insistence of his lips, the tension in his body, and the bulge in his buckskins all told of his desire.
So much the better.
4 out of 5 (very good)
THE WIDOW WORE PLAID is the sixth book in The Widow's Club series and, although I haven't read any of the previous books, I would recommend it, even if it's just so you get all the names lined up in your head.
Jane and Gareth has been together for a while and, although Gareth has asked her to marry him numerous times, Jane has always said no for fear of losing her independence. Gareth does everything in his power to soothe those fears and she eventually says yes. Not everyone is happy with that announcement though and their lives are in danger.
Not having read any of the other books, I wonder how much of their getting to know each other was mentioned then because, obviously, there's nothing here. They are already a done deal although Jane is going to stop taking precautions against pregnancy now it's official. Part of me missed that, the build-up, but in other ways, it made this all the more exciting as the story could concentrate on their peril, rather than dancing around each other.
After a slow start, this story builds up to a fitting ending. I would have preferred to have read it as part of a series, simply so I could keep everyone straight and fully understand the relationships that are already formed. Saying that, I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no hesitation in recommending it.
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Jenna Jaxon is a best-selling author of historical romance, writing in a variety of time periods because she believes that passion is timeless. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories.
She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets--including two vocal cats, one almost silent cat, two curious bunnies, and a Shar-pei beagle mix named Frenchie.