Fanny, the widowed Lady Tarkington, has finished mourning her cad of a husband and is ready to enjoy her freedom. The kind of freedom neither a gently bred miss nor a close-watched wife is permitted: dressing up as Aphrodite for a masquerade, drawing gentlemen away from the party, and hinting at late-night assignations with her dance partners. All is going pleasurably according to plan—until the Roman warrior Fanny kisses during a masque turns out to be Matthew, Lord Lathbury, whose proposal she refused years ago.
Lathbury is charming, passionate, inventive, everything Fanny wants in a lover—but unfortunately, he’s on the hunt for a wife. He’s more than willing to use all his wicked skills to persuade her back to the altar, but he can’t wait forever. And now Fanny’s position is more precarious than she once thought. If the tongues of the ton set to wagging, it’s possible no offer in the world will save her from ruin. But does she want to be saved?
Titles in The Widow’s Club series include: To Woo A Wicked Widow – Wedding the Widow – What A Widow Wants
Title: What A Widow Wants
Series: The Widow’s Club #3
Author: Jenna Jaxon
Genre: Regency Romance
Published: December 18, 2018
Publisher: Kensington Books
My Rating: 4 stars
What A Widow Wants is a good book, it’s also one of those books where I flipped between liking the characters, being confused by the characters and disliking things the characters did. In short, at times both Fanny and Matthew frustrated me with their actions, but I still enjoyed their story. Sorry, I don’t mean to make this review convoluted but I’m also trying to not give away spoilers… and for this story, that is not easy.
Do two wrongs make a right? No, they don’t, yet I found that I understood why the wrong happened but was disappointed by the actions that kept something so vital to another person’s life secret. Fanny and Matthew obviously love each other, it’s Fanny who is holding on to the temptation of her widow’s freedoms that was a major part of my frustration with this character. Matthew was not without his faults as well, so it’s not entirely on Fanny’s shoulders to save the day here. There are a few twists and turns, truths revealed that I saw coming – and maybe you will, too. In fact, What A Widow Wants is really quite believable and realistic for people make these bad choices every single day.
In the end, I enjoyed Fanny and Matthew’s romance in spite of their actions at times. I would gently suggest that if possible, you try to read this entire series for the friendship, the support system that these women have is also a large factor in their stories.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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