After a portrait, allegedly showing her in the nude, is
displayed in public, Nora Thorngoode is dubbed ďThe Painted
reputation in tatters, her parents decide she must marry.
As her father is very rich, he begins looking for
noblemen who are in need of a large dowry.
He finds a suitable candidate, and despite the manís
black reputation Nora has little choice but to agree to the
Sir Grayson Lowell is desperate.
He must have funds immediately to salvage his late
brotherís estate for his young nephew.
He agrees to marry The Painted Paramour, expecting a
What Gray finds instead is a sweet, sensual woman who
is nothing at all like he expected.
With all of society buzzing about him having murdered
his older brother, and haunted by guilt and ghosts, can Nora
and Gray ever find happiness?
is an atmospheric and enjoyable tale of love and redemption,
with a bit of ghostly spice.
I liked Nora, who was determined to make something of
She was tough, smart, and loyal to Grayson no matter what.
Grayson is the epitome of the tortured hero.
Heís tormented by guilt, and feels he doesnít deserve
Nora, or any kind of happiness.
He also does whatever is necessary to protect Nora
and his nephew, even from himself.
The scenes between Gray and Nora are always
fascinating, whether they are arguing or making love.
The secondary characters are well-written and
Noraís parents were particularly amusing.
Allison Chase did a great job of building suspense
and spooky atmosphere, and it was easy to see why Gray
feared he was going mad.
The actual solution to the mystery felt a bit
anticlimactic, but thatís a small complaint considering how
entertaining the book as a whole was.
If you like historicals, ghosts, and tortured heroes,