Candice Hernís latest novel is the second in the Merry Widows series. Who are these Merry Widows? Five middle-aged respectable high-society ladies who have all lost their husbands in the recent Peninsular War. They have all made a secret pact to take lovers but to never again marry and have their freedom taken away.
The Marquess of Thayne has just returned from a trip to India to find himself at a masquerade ball. Gabriel has promised his father that he would find a bride before his thirtieth birthday, so he sets out to win the hand of Emily Thirkill, Lady Somerfieldís niece. But as chance would have it, an illicit tryst at the ball with a masked stranger
- who happens to be Armetis, the Goddess of love and beauty - has led him to seek out the woman with alabaster skin and a unique sway to her hips. Unfortunately, that leaves half the women in the ton. With the help of a serpent bracelet, The Marquess of Thayne is reunited with his masked stranger, only to find out it is the aunt of the woman he has been courting
- Lady Somerfield, who like Armetis is also strong and full of grace.
Lady Somerfield has too much on her plate to find a lover, what with chaperoning her niece and looking after her two young daughters. But it seems her lover has found her. And it seems Lady Somerfield cannot give up the joys to be found in the manís arms. Too bad he is none other than the man who has been courting her niece with intentions to marry.
With the help of the Merry Widows and the hindrance of Beatriceís sister and Emilyís mother, Gabriel and Beatrice (Thayne and Somerfield), contrive to have secret sexual encounters. But a secret never remains a secret for long, and Beatrice must decide if marriage for the second time around really is worth it. And can an older woman/younger man relationship survive the scandal and
find a firm foundation in 19th-century England?
Just One of Those Flings promises to bring delight and merriment to the reader,
as well as a little bit of naughty fun with the sex scenes. Candice Hern continues to delight fans of the Regency era with vivid accounts of dress and form. Although this is my first Candice Hern novel, it definitely will not be the last; I would love to read the remaining tales of the Merry Widows club. And read more of those racy scenes!