The White Swan Affair
After the tragic death of her beloved, Hester Aspinall vowed never to be ruled by her passions again. Still, she is drawn to her landlord, handsome adventurer Thomas Ramsay-but she doesn’t fool herself that a man of his station would look twice at a poor tailor’s sister.
With the sea for a mistress, Thomas has no intention of entering into matrimony. And yet, he can’t get the plain-spoken and desirable Hester out of his mind, even though she’s never tried to secure his attentions as other women do.
Everything changes the night Hester’s brother is arrested during a raid on a gay brothel, the infamous White Swan. With no one else to turn to, and terrified Robert will hang for his crime, Hester accepts Thomas’s offer to bear the cost of the defense. A true gentleman, Thomas expects nothing in return-but Hester can no longer deny her own desires…
She may offer her body eagerly, but can she protect her heart?
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Praise for “The White Swan Affair”
- Mady (Something So Right) explores a dark side of history in this sympathetic romance set in 1810 London. Robert Aspinall is caught in a police raid on the White Swan, an infamous public house, and arrested for sodomy. . . Her sole remaining friend is their handsome landlord, Thomas Ramsay, who persuades her to stay at his home even though living with him would ruin her reputation. As Thomas and Hester work to free her brother, their hidden passion for each other can no longer be denied, despite Thomas’s roaming past and Hester’s tragic romantic history. Mady balances grim facts with sizzling romance in this well-researched tale. Publisher’s Weekly
- Invigorating, lively and as yummy as a caramel cupcake topped with a Hershey’s Kiss is the only way to describe Mady’s captivating book. The characters are smoking hot, and the tenderness between Hester and Thomas will sweep readers away RT Book Reviews
- This is a well-written love story, complete with danger and suspense….The romance between both straight and gay couples is satisfying and gently described. The most interesting aspect of the story is delivered in the author’s note, in which Mady (Something So Right; The Debutante’s Dilemma) reveals that many of the characters were real people and the White Swan raid actually happened. The trial is constructed from courtroom documents, and readers will keep the pages turning to find out if Robert will face death. A good choice for fans of romance, history, and the gay and lesbian experience in British history. Library Journal Xpress Reviews