ROMANCE

Debutante with a Dangerous Past

Harlequin Historical Aug. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781335595676. pap. $7.25. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Nancy Black wants to escape her scandalous past, but falling in love with Lord Matthew Stringham was not in her plans. As Nancy attempts to stay out of trouble and be the perfect debutante, her past catches up with her, jeopardizing her life, love, and hopes for a safe, comfortable future. Full of intrigue and mystery, Hastings’s Regency rags-to-riches story will keep readers hooked. The plot moves along quickly, and the language is reflective of the time period. The central romance is introduced almost immediately and grows throughout the story. The criminal past of the main character adds mystery and tension, keeping readers wondering what will happen next.
VERDICT With romance, mystery, and scandal, Hastings’s latest book (after The Marquess and the Runaway Lady) has it all. Perfect for a quick weekend read and for fans of Regency romance.
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