A Wicked Lord at the Wedding by Jillian Hunter
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Book Title: A Wicked Lord at the Wedding
Author: Jillian Hunter
Publisher: Ballantyne Books
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-0-345-50394-7
Pages: Not available
Genre: Historical
Series: Boscastle Family Book 8
Available In: Print
CRR Heat Level: Sophisticated
Reviewer: Stephanie
Review Score: 4.5 Wings

Hunter crafts a tale full of suspense with A Wicked Lord at the Wedding. Baroness Eleanor Boscastle has spent three lonely years without her husband, Sebastien, while he works for British intelligence during the Napoleonic wars.

To occupy her time, she’s befriended the Duchess of Wellington. The duchess’s husband has supposedly sent several sensitive letters to a few of London’s high society, and Eleanor adopts the identity of the Mayfair Masquer to get the letters back to the duchess.

Enter Sebastien. After three years apart from his wife, on military duty, Sebastien returns home, hoping to rekindle the flame of their love. His wife’s activities as the Mayfair Masquer surprises him. Realizing the danger, Sebastien joins his wife on her dangerous nocturnal jaunts. As he delves deeper into her activities, he learns there’s a plot to harm the Duke of Wellington’s family. Sebastien knows he must expose the plot, but fears he might put Eleanor in danger. He’s caught between his duty and his love for his wife. Which one will win out in the end?

Hunter weaves a tight, suspenseful plot that will intrigue the reader. Both Sebastien and Eleanor are interesting characters, scarred by trouble childhoods. Eleanor’s father was a surgeon in the war and she grew up working alongside him. Eleanor’s not afraid to take risks. Sebastien’s father died when he was ten, leaving him to fight and scrape for a living until he was old enough to join the military.

Sebastien and Eleanor fall in love during the war. They get married, but Sebastien has been emotionally scarred by a recent battle, and makes an ass out of himself at his wedding, hence the title of the book. He goes back to the battle front, regretting his behavior.

Sebastien and Eleanor have to fight with the fiercest passion they possess to keep their love alive while separated. Their love, loss, and separation is something modern readers can identify with, especially with the recent wars. Hunter writes in the third person. The point of view narration switches within the scene without line breaks. Known as a “Lonesome Dove” perspective after the famous novel, some readers might find the shifts disconcerting. The dialogue is sharp, moving the plot along at a brisk pace. Hunter’s love scenes are tasteful and full of passion. Overall, A Wicked Lord at the Wedding is a wicked delight to read.


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