Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, became a widow when her beloved husband, Garrett, died
during a battle at Waterloo. After seven years of mourning, she decides to move on with
her life by marrying her long-time best friend, Tristan, Garrett’s cousin. Having also
assumed Garrett’s title and home by inheritance, Tristan becomes a loving husband as good
or better than Sophie ever could have dreamed.
Her dream is shattered, however, when Garrett mysteriously returns (at an extremely
inopportune moment) to reclaim all that was his. Having suffered from amnesia all those
years because of a head injury, he recalls enough of his life and love to want Sophie back
most of all. Now Sophie finds herself torn between her first love (Garrett) and her newer
love (Tristan), both of whom were an integral part of her happy childhood.
As if choosing between two lovers weren’t difficult enough, Sophie must confront the
fact that Garrett might be suffering from a physical or mental condition that eventually
leads to madness, that one of his most trusted assistants might not be so trustworthy, and
that the two children she’s been raising with Tristan could suffer emotional damage from
the quarreling between the troubled threesome. Tensions mount until violence erupts at
Jennifer Haymore creates three passionate central characters in A Hint of Wicked.
The title refers to Sophie’s sexual fantasies, which seem to clash with her outwardly proper
appearance. As the story evolves, readers may easily guess the outcome—but it’s
certainly fun getting to that ending. This book is slightly unusual for a historical
romance because the extra suitor isn’t merely added as a contrivance to complicate the
plot; this story truly revolves around Sophie’s simultaneous love for two men.