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Series: The Silk Series #1
Published by Decadent Publishing Company LLC on May 3, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Author
Eight years ago…
Thomas Cartwright and Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons were friends. Over the wall separating their homes, Thomas and Nicola talked of all things – his studies to become a barrister, her frustrations with a lady’s limitations.
All things end.
When her diplomat father gains a post in Hong Kong, Nicola must follow. Bored and alone, she falls into scandal. Mired in his studies of the law and aware of the need for circumspection, Thomas feels forced to sever their ties.
But now Lady Nicola is back…and she won’t let him ignore her...
Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons is the audacious daughter of an Earl who travels the world with her diplomat father and trails waves of scandal wherever she goes. For a time, these scandalous stories amuse her childhood friend and penpal, Thomas Cartwright. But now that he is a Barrister with his eye set on a prestigious seat in Parliament, Tom decides he must distance himself from Nic and he stops writing to her. But now Nic is back in London and she won’t put up with any of Tom’s ridiculous notions of propriety.
This was a very sweet, but humorous novella. The writing is sharp and doesn’t spend superfluous time describing things that don’t add to the narrative. Nicola is bombastic and flighty, but possesses a keen intelligence and understanding that belies her antics within society. Thomas is a bit uptight and perhaps even cold in the way he treats his once-good friend, but this juxtaposition just serves to highlight how well Nic and Tom’s relationship makes perfect sense. Nic brings excitement and opportunity to Tom’s otherwise dreary and stuffy life whereas Tom’s calming, sensible influence brings balance to the relationship.
As with all good novellas, I wish it was longer! The characters are likeable and the plot interesting. I look forward to reading the rest of the Silk series.