I am rabid for good character driven books and Lady Be Bad was one of the best. Lord Rochdale was the perfect foil against Lady Marlowe's virtue. It was, as stated comically in the story, the Libertine and the Bishop's Widow.
So subtle, so elegantly entwined, so undelineated was the magic that Ms. Hern wove. His development, his growth, his change, his "becoming" was so expertly done, I shed tears several times while reading.
Grace's, Lady Marlow, change was astounding, too. To be able to look so rationally at what her life had been, and how it had made sense at the time, was insightful enough. But to also be able to allow herself to accept the changes being with John encouraged made her a memorable character. That she was able to balance both parts of her life so graciously was nothing short of brilliance delivered through Ms. Hern's writing skills.
Then, the denouement, so a la Shakespeare's best confusions, was just so...
This book was one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. Wow. No really. Wow! I liked the first book in the series but was so taken by Grace that when I saw this book on sale I immediately snapped it up. There are spoilers of course since this is the 3rd book and perhaps final, but I will probably still grab the 2nd one in time. But this book was far too good to pass up. It was actually quite amazing. The writing was stellar, the plot was fantastic, but the true gems were Lord Rochdale and Grace Marlowe. Grace is the epitome of the Incomparable, the Diamond of the First Water, the Absolute Ideal of Regency England and she is also the kindest, most gentle, honestly caring person in the world. She is flawed, she is not perfection, but she is the perfect heroine. This is the damsel who could capture unicorns, and in this case, one particularly intractable steed. Enter our delicious hero. Yum. Tall, Dark, handsome, rakish rogue with blue eyes. Ah Perfection. But truly, our Lord Rochdale is...
Just finished reading the last book in the Merry Widows trilogy,Lady be Bad. I loved this series. Each can be read on it's own, but I think they are better if read in order. IN each story you are able to get drawn into each woman's life. Read about the lack of passion they had in their marriage. Though the marriages were not unhappy,they were definitely lacking passion and in some cases respect for the women. But those men who awaken the passion, all I can is WOW! Read this series.You will love each woman, and the men who showed them passion and love. I have enjoyed every book I have read by Candice Hern, and look forward to reading more of her books. I have discovered another favorite author who will be on autobuy.
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