Rules of Conduct by Maggi Andersen
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Book Title: Rules of Conduct
Author: Maggi Andersen
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Publication Date: November / December 2009
Available In: E-book
CRR Heat Level: Sensual
Review Score: 5 Wings
In Regency England there are codes of conduct for how everyone deals with everyone else, men to women, married men to women, sons to mothers, mothers to sons, fathers and daughters… Hugh Beauchamp, third Earl of Vale, has made a promise to wait for the young girl next door to grow up to see if they suit but now, as he finds a young woman unconscious on the road leading to his home estate, his days as a rake are numbered and he doesn’t even know it.
Lady Rosalind Merryville wakes up two days later with no memory of how she came to be in the bed she is in, where she is, or most importantly who she is. Hugh picks the name Viola for her, for her love walking barefoot in the gardens in the morning and her love of the classics influences his decision. While trying to find herself, she finds herself falling in love with him. She starts having flashes of memory, and nightmares that have no meaning start threatening her quiet life at Vale. Then she is abducted as Hugh draws closer to her identity, and upon waking she is faced with her past and it all comes rushing back as she stares into the face of her husband.
I loved this story! Rare for me to give a whole hearted 5 wings to Regencies but to Rules of Conduct I do, with a fun, fast-pasted plot line that has more than one “Oh” moment and engaging characters that that makes you care for how their lives turn out. The twists and turns in this plot line cause for more than one climatic point that leads you into the next one as you flip pages. Ms. Andersen has penned a winner here, and I for one will be looking for her next book. She writes Regencies with style and joy and treats the rules of conduct with a light hand that makes you laugh and cry. The book flows into its final happy ever after with a gentle stop that fills every expectation from the start of the start of the book.