Just One of Those Flings

Just One of Those Flings

by Candice Hern

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Fans of the historical romances of Sabrina Jeffries, Loretta Chase, and Jo Beverly will enjoy this sexy, National Readers' Choice Award winner by New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern.

Beatrice, Lady Somerfield, is too busy acting as chaperone for her headstrong niece to take her friends' advice to find a lover. Until a dark stranger at a masquerade ball makes her realize what she's been missing. When she finally discovers his identity as the Marquess of Thayne, the very man she has practically been pushing into her niece's arms as the Catch of the Season, Beatrice is horrified. But Thayne is thoroughly captivated by Beatrice, and finds himself increasingly drawn to the beautiful, sensual, more mature and sophisticated Lady Somerfield, and soon discovers he wants more than a love affair. Beatrice, however, has vowed never to marry again. But when their private fling leads to public scandal, more than one life is turned upside down.

"Effervescent, unconventional, and brimming with honest sensuality." Library Journal (starred review)

"A rare reading experience. Leaves you begging for more." Romantic Times (Top Pick)

"Candice Hern writes as an artist paints�with beautiful lines and special attention to details. The final piece of work is something to treasure. The May/December romance between Beatrice and Gabriel only made their love affair even more special, and Ms. Hern graces this topic with elegance. The final declaration of their love is unforgettable." � Romance Reader at Heart (Top Pick)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013821699
Publisher: Candice Hern
Publication date: 12/29/2011
Series: The Merry Widows
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 434,420
File size: 969 KB

About the Author

Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the period. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to bring her stories and characters to life. Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist).

Candice's award-winning website (www.candicehern.com) is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much more. It is the only author website listed among the online resources for the Jane Austen Centre in England.
Visit www.candicehern.com for more information on all Candice's books, including excerpts and a look "behind the scenes" of each novel.

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Just One of Those Flings 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1813 single mother widow Countess Beatrice Campton chaperones her niece Emily to a masquerade party where she is dressed as Artemis. Marquess Thayne just back in England after eight years in India wants her boldly Gabriel tells Artemis that. They surrender to their desire sharing a pleasing tryst. Not long afterward, the latest catch of the season Gabriel searches for his masked lover as he knows she shared his passion as this is not JUST ONE OF THOSE FLINGS. He also surprisingly finds himself attracted to the standoffish older Beatrice especially when he looks into the heat her eyes emit. When Gabriel realizes that Beatrice, not a simpering debutante, is his beloved lover, he decides to go all out to make her his knowing full well the scandal that will percolate and even understands the difficulty of convince his beloved. He tries to persuade one of the card carrying Merry Widows that they can share a life together especially IN THE THRILL OF THE NIGHT if she would take a chance on love with his best weapon, kisses. --- Once again Candice Hern provides readers with a wonderful May-December regency romance filled with humor, wit, and romance as the catch of the season courts the Merry Widow. The story line is fast-paced however, the interrelationships between the fully developed cast (not just the lead couple) make for a fun intelligent historical. Fans will know the sub-genre is hale and hearty after reading Candice Hern¿s latest tale. --- Harriet Klausner
jeffersonsambrosia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I will admit, this book took me a while to get excited about. A few chapters. But I loved the first book in The Merry Widows Series, In The Thrill of the Night. So I had to continue. And I will say I am very glad I did. Candice Hern paints a wonderful picture of romance. An older woman, a widow finding herself against all odds and against her own better sensibilities falling in love with a man six years her Junior. OH MY! What woman wouldn't love that?! They embark on an affair that turns into me, and we follow them through several hard turns of their love. For them to come out on the other side.
dukefn99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually liked this second book in the series more than the first. The two main charcters meet each other at a masquerade and have a "fling" without revealing their identities to each other. After each "searching" for the other, they find each other...but in a very awkward situation.It's not your normal historical romance. One of the nice twists is that the female lead is actually older than her love interest. Now if the 3rd book (due out in Fall 2007, I think) can build on this one...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I read the first book in the Merry Widows series and loved it. So my disappointment in this book was especially acute in light of that. The Merry Widows, 5 do-gooder widows, make a pact to take lovers but retain their independence by never remarrying. Beatrice decides to wait until the following season since she is far too busy chaperoning her niece this season. Still, at a masquerade ball she has a one night stand with a mysterious stranger. When she finds out his identity, she is appalled to learn that he is very same person she has been encouraging her niece to pursue, The Marquess of Thayne. They agree that Thayne will no longer pursue Beatrice's niece and that they will have a fling until the end of the season, when Thayne is scheduled to announce his betrothal. Of course, you can't always plan these things. The thing that disappointed me about this book was that there didn't seem to be much romance or love between the characters. They seemed to be driven mostly by lust. Beatrice had little care for Thayne and his accusation that she was simply using him as a sex toy seemed to ring very true. I won't spoil the resolution, but I didn't care for it. Seemed very contrived. The three Merry Widow books overlap in time and space and you have to read this book to fully appreciate the final book in the series which went back to form with the first novel in the series. For that reason alone, I would read this book.
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I really enjoyed this book, it was better than the first merry widows, because the sex scenes were more explicit and had more sex sex scenes. Highly Reccommend. Thayne was Hot Hot Hot.
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vanessasgram More than 1 year ago
This book started caught your interest and is for any reader who believes in love! The main character Beatrice is a woman who belongs to a group of widows who all swear "NEVER to marry again". SO you know that they will meet someone special! It's the awakening of their love and their surprise and delight at what love really feels like that is fun! At first I thought the character shallow but kept with it and watched her grow and bloom when she learned what love was really about! This was a great read and I was sorry when I was finished.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A surprisingly good read. Full of witty and charming characters with equally good dialogue. It rarely fell into the trap of cliche adjectives and swooning females, which made it all the better. The book could have been much better with a different ending. It felt forced and abrupt, but nevertheless a worthy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A masked ball provides the opportunity for Artemis and a Maharajah to have a close encounter that ends with her fleeing into the night, leaving her lover befuddled. However, the man behind the Indian mask is Gabriel, the Marquess of Thayne, and is most determined to get what, or rather, who he wants. When he meets Beatrice Sommerfield, a recent, young widow who is chaperoning her niece's Season, his thoughts become divided between his mystery lady and the lady, until he realizes, they are one. Beatrice does not want a husband, and Thayne is looking for a wife. She tries to set him up with her niece, but they are not a good match, and he has interest in one woman only, her. .................... ** Though there is nothing new, profound, or especially imaginative here, fans of this series or author will undoubtedly find it enjoyable. **
SandraC More than 1 year ago
Great book, full of sassy and spirit, I am now searching other books from this author and have already read another, just as good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second in the series of books about widows taking lovers but ultimately finding love. I found this to be excellent. The first book was a bit of a conventional in that how could she love someone other than her dead husband, but this one was novel in that it was her independence that kept her from love. This book acknowledges that older is wiser and sexier, and this one is sexy from start to finish.