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9.18.2017

A Viscount's Proposal ~ Review

A Viscount's Proposal
The Regency Spies of London #2
By Melanie Dickerson

Leorah Langdon has had enough of society's dictates and refuses to bend her will to the demands and rules it has placed upon women. She's determined to live by her rules and marry for love and not for a title or money. And she has little use for her brother's friend Edward, who just happens to be the Viscount Withinghall. After all, if the man can't accept her behavior as just an exuberance for living that's his problem.

Edward Withinghall wants to avoid encounters with Leorah, certain that any acquaintance with her will draw his name into scandal and scandal is the one thing that Edward most wants to avoid. Edward's desire is to restore his family name following his father's scandals and he has his eye set on the role of Prime Minister.

But when Leorah finds herself in need of assistance only Viscount Withinghall is available to offer the needed aid. Unfortunately for the pair, no good deed goes unpunished and an accident involving Withinghall's carriage leaves them both injured in his carriage without a chaperone. Scandal soon ensues but true to her nature Leorah refuses Edward's offer of marriage. She is determined that saving her reputation is not enough inducement to marry.

But it soon becomes evident that the accident that has linked them in scandal was no accident, but rather an effort to end Edward's life. Can the culprit be discovered before he strikes again? And when given the chance to get to know one another on a more personal level will Edward and Leorah discover that they are more than what first impressions seem?

This is a delightful second book in the Regency Spies of London series. Looking for a bit of intrigue give this book from Melanie Dickerson a try.

About the Book:
Leorah Langdon has no patience for Regency society’s shallow hypocrisy and unnecessary rules, especially for women. She’s determined to defy convention by marrying for grand passion instead of settling for a loveless union like her parents—or wedding a stuffy, pompous gentleman like Edward, the Viscount Withinghall. But when a chance meeting in the countryside leads to Leorah and Withinghall being discovered in his overturned carriage—alone and after dark—the ensuing gossip may force them together.
Withinghall has his reasons for clinging to propriety; his father perished in a duel with his mistress’s husband, and Edward must avoid scandal himself if he wants to become prime minister. He certainly has no time for a reckless hoyden like Miss Langdon. But soon the two discover that Withinghall’s coach “accident” was no such thing: the vehicle was sabotaged.
Can the culprit be brought to justice? Strong-willed Leorah and duty-driven Withinghall will have to work together if they have any hope of saving her reputation, his political career—and his life.