A Wanton for All Seasons

Montlake. (Wantons of Waverton, Bk. 3). Nov. 2021. 348p. ISBN 9781542032148. pap. $12.95. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
After the terrifying events of the Peterloo Massacre, Annalee Spencer lives life to the fullest, but her life has become a series of scandals. With pressure from her family and now co-leading the Mismatch Society, a freethinking ladies’ club, she must correct her improper conduct. Wayland Smith, who was also at Peterloo, is granted a peerage for saving a duke’s daughter that day. Now styled the Baron of Darlington, Wayland strictly follows aristocracy’s rules. When Annalee proposes to court Wayland to improve her standing in society, Wayland agrees because he was the reason Annalee was at Peterloo. As their courtship progresses, things do not go according to plan, and Wayland must decide if Annalee is more important than his stellar reputation. Caldwell (“Wicked Wallflowers”; “The Heart of a Duke”; “Sinful Brides”) highlights how Annalee’s post-traumatic stress from Peterloo has affected her behavior.
VERDICT Fans will enjoy seeing these former lovers come together once again, but those new to the series should start with the first “Wantons of Waverton” book, Someone Wanton His Way Comes.
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