Regency England just got real(ity)
Episode 2: The One with the Fake Baby
Rumors abound – everyone has heard that Linnette, the Dowager Duchess of Doveshire is pregnant. Beautiful, young, with more freedom than any respectable woman should want, Linnette is no stranger to a little gossip. But her friends can’t help her brave the fallout, because this time Linnette has done something naughty…
The second installment of Lavinia Kent’s Real Duchesses of London is Linnette’s story. In book 1 her friendship with Kathryn, the Duchess of Harrington was put on the line because of a cartoon that was drawn with Linnette pregnant…standing next to Kathryn’s husband as if he was the father. It’s been a week and yet another cartoon has been released but this one shows Linnette with another man – who just happens to be the new Duke of Doveshire.
Linnette and James were at one time lovers and great friends. James went off one day to the Americas and Linnette hadn’t seen him in 8 years. When he returns their passions unite but Linnette knows that they cannot be together forever. After all, what would the scandal sheets say?
But after many harsh words – some very loving ones and a lot of talking the pair may have figured it all out.
This was a great addition to the series. I like how short and quick these stories are but Kent doesn’t skimp on the story, the sex or the emotion just because of the abbreviated length.
Though I couldn’t get too into the characters when reading the novella I found that I was no less interested in what would happen next. I love how the story is fleshed out and yes, I do know who’s drawing the cartoons…at least I think I do! lol Kent may throw a huge wrench into it and I may be wrong but I’m pretty sure my suspicions from the first story will be confirmed in the end.
Next up is Annabelle’s story and I can’t wait to see what happens.
Rating: 4 out of 5