After reading a distressing letter sent by her sister Deborah, Charlotte Fallon rushes to her side in Londonto bail her out of yet another one of her calamities.
It seems that her sister, a famous courtesan, regrets having shacked up with Sir Michael Bayard.
She is set to go off and get married at last and make a respectable woman out of herself. It is up to Charlotte to make amends to Sir Michael in the form of words. But Michael
will have none of it and makes Charlotte pay in the form of another sort. It isn't long before they are both mired deep in their relationship by a passion
which knows no bounds.
Before they can realize that their unadulterated passion is really love, Bayard is kidnapped by his ex-wife, Anne Whitley,
an undoubtedly unhinged woman who would like nothing more than his seed implanted inside her.
While he is held prisoner in her house, help comes in the form of Charlotte and cohorts who are not entirely convinced
that he is over his ex-wife.
After having Anne sent away to the Continent, Bayard rushes to Charlotte’s side in the country.
He must still convince her that he is in love with her and not Anne in the most delicious way imaginable.
I was fascinated by this book from the first page when Charlotte is referred by her nickname, Charlie.
When this picture of innocence and spinsterhood meets Bayard, Charlie discovers her own rough passions
(it is fun hearing her talk dirty to Bayard, and vice-versa). My favorite part of the story is innocent Charlotte finding her naughty side with Bayard. Both comical and touching, Mistress by Mistake is
marks the beginning of fascinating, devilishly good reads by Maggie Robinson.