By Regan Walker
Kindle Edition, 44 pages
Published February 1st 2013
by Boroughs Publishing Group
Set in London in 1818, it's the story of Rose Collingwood, daughter of a baron, who wanted to play Portia in The Merchant of Venice. To accept the part at the Theatre-Royal at Haymarket, the very proper young lady assumes the disguise of Miss Lily Underwood, the actress. Who knew all of London would soon be at her feet sending her love notes? One such Valentine goes awry only to be found by the dashing Irish barrister, Morgan O'Connell. Though he would have seduced the actress, Morgan must court the lady. Given three choices much like Portia's suitors, can she resist the handsome Irish rogue? And who is it who is following her?
This was a great short story in time for Valentine's Day. I good little mix of romance and mystery.
I liked the spunky wild side of Rose. She did not want to live a cookie cutter kind of life and chose to follow her own path. Women of her time simply did not live so open and free. Rose set out to make her mark on the world but to do so she live a double life. She had to change her name and pretend to be someone else while on stage and yet still maintain the life of the Ton.
Morgan and Irish man in London to study sees Miss Lily on stage and is so taken by her he feels the need to seek her out and seduce her. When he discovers who she really is, her knows he needs to court her not to ruin her name, while seducing her into never leaving him. But coming from different backgrounds is that even possible? Can she accept him as he as accepted her?
Though the story you know Rose has many admirers but one seems very dangerous and has Rose on edge. Meeting Morgan is just what she needs and he will stop at nothing to protect her physically as well and her reputation. I loved the connection between them both and felt the spark of romance right at their first meeting.
A great short story of suspense and romance, I loved it and can't wait to read more by Ms. Walker. A great short story to pass the time!
4.5 out of 5 Stars