Seducing An Angel by Mary Balogh
Seducing An Angel
A Novel

The recently widowed Cassandra Belmont, Lady Paget, has arrived in London during the social Season. But she receives neither welcome nor sympathy from society. Quite the opposite. There are questions surrounding the death of her husband, and rumor has it that Cassandra murdered him. Her son-in-law has used threats rather than law to cut her off without a penny. But she had dependents as well as herself to support. Her situation is desperate indeed when she decides there is only one way to save them all from destitution. She goes in search of a wealthy, well-connected protector-and she settles upon the Earl of Merton.

Stephen Huxtable, Earl of Merton, is now twenty-five years old, handsome, popular, and carefree. He is one of England's most eligible and desirable bachelors. He has no interest in marrying just yet, but he is quite open to the idea of taking a mistress. When the beautiful Lady Paget appears very willing indeed, Stephen sees no reason to resist his attraction to her, despite her scandalous reputation. Until conscience sets in, that is, at the same time as he understands how Cassandra has deceived him.

The affair would seem to be over almost before it has begun.

Stephen's conscience, however, moves him in more than one way, and he has a proposition of his own to make to the conniving, near-destitute widow. Suddenly the tables have been turned.

Delacorte Press, ISBN 0385341059

Seducing An Angel is a passionate tale of how two very different people find love and happiness together. This is no fluff read, but one fraught with emotion as Stephen works to comprehend the reasoning behind Cassandra's scandal and her cynical attitude, and as Cassandra learns to understand herself.
Aemelia, Night Owl Romance

With her inimitable, brilliantly nuanced sense of characterization, elegantly sensual style, and droll wit, best-seller Balogh continues to set the standard to which all other Regency historical writers aspire while delivering another addictively readable addition to her Huxtable family series.
John Charles, Booklist (starred review)

The gradually developing relationship between these fully realized, three-dimensional characters is complex, believable, and exquisitely rendered. This tender, sultry, and thoroughly satisfying volume is the next in the author's Huxtable siblings series. Balogh (At Last Comes Love) has added another jewel to her collection.
Library Journal (starred review)