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Fans of the historical romances of Sabrina Jeffries, Loretta Chase, and Jo Beverly will enjoy this sexy, award-winning romance by New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern.
Meet the Merry Widows – a group of respectable ladies with a secret pact that is anything but respectable! The five friends who act as patronesses of charity balls are assured of money and position. None are interested in marrying again. But they have no intention of forsaking physical passion for the rest of their lives. Instead, they make a daring pact to seek out lovers for the pure pleasure of it.
Marianne Nesbitt adored her late husband, David, but the racy reminiscences of the Merry Widows make her wonder if she missed something special. Might she find it now through a love affair? Uncertain how to go about it, she asks Adam Cazenove, an old friend and notorious rake, to tutor her in the arts of seduction.
The brazen request turns Adam's world upside down. He never imagined his best friend's very proper and exceedingly attractive widow would seek out a lover. If not for his recent betrothal to a young beauty, he would jump at the chance to warm Marianne's bed. Since he cannot bear the thought of another man doing so, he foils her every attempt at seduction.
Until one night of unintended passion changes everything.
"Hern gracefully crafts a tale of friendship and romance between two beautifully matched protagonists that is delectably sexy, delightfully clever, and simply superb." – Booklist
"Funny, fresh, and outrageously original, this lively, Regency-set historical hooks readers from the start and sweeps them right on to the satisfying conclusion." – Library Journal (starred review)
"IN THE THRILL OF THE NIGHT is a fresh, fun, and fabulous frolic! Only Candice Hern can be both naughty and nice at the same time!" – NY Times Bestselling author Teresa Medeiros
"IN THE THRILL OF THE NIGHT is a sparkling celebration of female friendship that offers a fresh spin on the most beloved themes of romance. It is outrageously sexy fun as only Candice Hern can deliver. Every page is pure satisfaction." — NY Times Bestselling author Lisa Kleypas
"IN THE THRILL OF THE NIGHT involves a high-spirited Wodehousian house party, and a glimpse into the rarefied Regency society world through the lens of Marianne and Adam's atypical friendship. Hern brings uncommon warmth to her exploration of Marianne's resistance to sacrificing the rest of her life to her husband's memory. It takes considerable courage for her to embrace her new path, and Hern doesn't stint on showing that. An accomplished writer with a sharp eye for character, Hern also possesses a great sense of fun that leaves a smile after the book is finished." – Contra Costa Times