Review: A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh

56057925From the back of the book:

“The Devil was about to be tamed.” Her name is Hannah Reid. Born a commoner, she has been Duchess of Dunbarton ever since she was nineteen years old, the wife of an elderly duke to whom she has been rumored to be consistently and flagrantly unfaithful. Now the old duke is dead and, more womanly and beautiful than ever at thirty, Hannah has her freedom at last.

And she knows just what she wants to do with it. To the shock of a conventional friend, she announces her intention to take a lover – an not just any lover, but the most dangerous and delicious man in all of upper-class England: Constantine Huxtable.

Constantine’s illegitimacy has denied him the title of ear, so now he denies himself nothing…or so the ton would have it. Rumored to be living the free and easy life of a sensualist in his country estate, he always chooses recent widows for him short-lived affairs. Hannah will fit the bill nicely.

But one these two passionate and scandalous figures find each other, they discover that it isn’t so easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire – without getting singed. For the duchess and the dark lord each have startling secrets to reveal, and when all is said and done, neither will be able to say which one fell in love first, who tamed whom, and who has emerged from this game of hearts with the stronger hand.

The jacket copy on this book almost made me not want to read the book. Hannah doesn’t sound very nice and I wanted a nice girl for Con. I’m very glad that I went ahead and read the book. Hannah is a nice girl and the perfect girl for Con. After waiting for Con to get his happily ever after I loved this book. I loved how they fall in love and how the other Huxtable family members take part in the story. I hate when you read a series and the characters from the first books aren’t mentioned in the other stories. My favorite part of A SECRET AFFAIR was learning Con’s history and what had really happened between him and his cousin. All in all a fantastic book and the perfect ending to the Huxtable series.

the book girl gives A SECRET AFFAIR a 5/5!

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