Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts With Scandal
by Jayne Fresina
(Sourcebooks, $6.99, G) ISBN 978-1-4022-6603-4
With a long title and a heroine who thinks sheís charming, Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts With Scandal is tale of second chances with occasional winsome moments.

Lady Mercy Danforthe is a meddler. She prides herself on her conquering personality. She charms everyone around her into doing as she says, and she loves to plan for other people. Lady Mercyís a matchmaker and she believes herself a type of saint to help her hapless acquaintances find love.

Unfortunately, her flighty youth left her with one major regret: Rafe Hartley, her renegade, handsome, arrogant ex-husband. While there was an uncontrollable, unfortunate series of events that led up to their brief union, of course, it didnít end well.

Years later, and Rafe has matured but is still single. After an encounter with Mercy, Rafe sees that their chemistry hasnít waned even though Mercyís transformed herself into a society maven. Rafe hires Mercy to match him up with a new wife and settles in for the ride as he spends more time with his ex-wife than he ever did before, and their pent up emotions threaten to flare out of control.

Lady Mercy Danforth Flirts with Scandal is explained fully by its title, and while I wanted to like it, it fell flat for me.

Rafe is the amusing character, and his cat and mouse game with Lady Mercy was fun to read. However, it was difficult for me to fathom why he would go to the trouble and want to spend time with her as she acts like a complete ninny.

There were some truly charming moments in the telling of the London setting and some of the lovely background characters, like the cantankerous but false Lady Blunt.

Mercy Danforthe was the real issue for me. She seemed to openly adore herself and her own actions to the point that she reminded me of some very annoying people Iíve known that want credit and full out worship for any acts of kindness. Moreover, she treats everyone around her like bumbling fools who need only her directions. Itís difficult for me to root for a heroine that I donít like.

All in all, the bright spots in this story were few and far between, and I believe that a two heart review is fairly generous for this tale.

--Amy Wroblewsky

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