One Night in London
Caroline Linden

Publisher: HarperCollins
Line: Avon
Release Date: Aug 30, 2011
Pages: 384
Retail Price: $ 7.99

Genre: Historical
Heat Level: Very Hot

A bargain that was all business . . . and pure passion.

Neither wealth nor beauty will help Lady Francesca Gordon win custody of her young niece Georgina, saving the girl from a cruel stepmother; she needs London’s top solicitor for that. But when Edward de Lacey, son of the powerful Duke of Durham, hires away the one man who can do the job, Francesca decides Edward himself must champion her case . . . if only she can melt the dashing lord’s stony heart.

Edward has reason to be guarded, though. London’s tabloids have just exposed a secret that could ruin his entire family. When Francesca offers a unique chance to undo the damage, Edward is forced to agree to a partnership . . . and now, each moment together feeds the flames of his scandalous longing for the passionate widow. But when Georgina disappears, fate will test them both . . . and leave their love hanging in the balance.

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1.Too Wicked To Wed
2. Because You're Mine
3. Season For Temptation
4. His Mistress by Christmas
5. The Sinner
6. Unclaimed
7. What a Duke Wants
8. Scandalous Desires
9. Mistress by Marriage
10. The Dark Earl


One Night in London by Caroline Linden is a sweet romance, but lacks when it comes to consistency in the plot.

Francesca Gordon is desperate to get custody of her niece. The niece has been living with her step-mother and infant half-brothers, and Francesca knows that she would be a better caretaker for the young girl. Just when she finally finds a solicitor that will take her case he rushes off to see to the needs of some noble man and tells Lady Gordon that he won’t be able to take her case after all. Francesca decides to confront the noble man, Edward de Lacy, and sparks fly instantly between the two. They then set out to help each other and find themselves unable to fight the attraction between them.

My biggest problem with One Night in London is that in the beginning Francesca is desperate to get her niece. She is willing to do just about anything. Edward promises to help her and in the beginning they are working together, then it felt as if the search stalled and the romance became the focus of the book. It felt inconsistent to me and that the character of Francesca wasn’t staying true to the character she was initially. The plot does come back into focus at the end of the novel, but I think it would have worked better is Francesca and Edward had been searching the entire time and not taken time out to go to the theatre and a trip to the country.

However, I did love the romance in this story. Francesca is a widow and not from the upper class of the ton. Edward is the second son of a Duke and spends most of his time outside of London. These two do not really have anything in common, but they complement each other perfectly. The each brings out just the right side in each other and has a true passion for one another.

I enjoyed reading One Night in London even with the inconsistency of character and plot. I will be reading another book by Caroline Linden in the future!

Reviewed by Carrie


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