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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Viola Whedon is getting too old to be a favored courtesan in the London of 1783, but at twenty seven, she still can hear when men enter her home, Number 12 Chapel Street, at nighttime, intent upon finding and then stealing whatever valuable lies within. Viola posses no fortune and knows that writing her memoirs of her courtesan days is the only thing that has saved her from debtor's prison. Now on that night when Viola's home is invaded, who should enter Viola's life but Lord Leo Vaughn, one of the mad Vaughns and a second son at that. When Viola's home is totally trashed by men looking for that missing fortune, Leo takes her and her foundling dog Pen to his country home Dyrham where she will be safe while he combats his cousin Charles. Charles is determined to find lost monies from the long past, of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his claim to the English throne. And he knows that the treasure is somewhere in Viola's London home. But could the long lost fortune be buried in a place that few would think to look?
Author Isobel Carr has created a unique and delightful series in 'The League of Second Sons'. Lord Leonidas Vaughn does engage in sexual liaisons with the lovely widow Viola Whedon but he also chases his obsessed cousin Charles throughout the pages of this book. Leo's parents eloped years before and aren't happy that their son fancies a kept woman, but the characters in this story are well-created and believable. The plot of this romantic story embedded in history runs smoothly to the book's conclusion. Readers of historic romances will love this new series dearly.