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A Misbegotten Match (Desire in Disguise)
A Misbegotten Match (Desire in Disguise)

A Misbegotten Match (Desire in Disguise)


4.50 (18 ratings)

Sebastian Armitage is personally acquainted with the damage caused by secrets and lies. Wanting nothing to do with the pain of his past, the rakehell had broken all ties with England. But when his elderly godmother falls ill, her companion, Amanda Westford, summons him home. Sebastian soon discovers that the prunes and prisms widow that he expected is not only young and beautiful, but clearly harboring some secrets of her own. Is it his godmother’s fortune that is allowing Mrs. Westford to live far beyond her means?

Amanda had vowed that she would never again accept desire without love. Although Sebastian’s infamous reputation had earned her scorn, it is impossible to despise this charming, handsome man who personifies temptation on two feet. Amanda knows that only a fool would be seduced by the promise of passion with the man known as the Demon Rum. Why then is she longing to play the fool?



This book was wonderfully written with the most lovable characters in it. Your heart breaks fro them all and when they find happiness you feel as though you’re healed as well.

Norman K. Dickerson

Great story, characters very likeable and ended well. Probably circumstances like this happened quite often during this time in history but not all with happy endings. Would definitely recommend.

Sahar's Beaded Creations
A Lovely Story of Secrets, Love, and Lies

This lovely story kept me turning the pages. Sebastian leaves England, feeling betrayed by the lies told to him. When Amanda writes to him that his godmother is on her deathbed, he reluctantly returns. Will Sebastian finally be able to lay his demons to rest? What are the secrets of the young widow who wrote that letter? Is she a fortune hunter, or can she be the balm to his soul? Secrets have a way of coming to the light, and they often hurt when they do. I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to those who like historical romance with mystery and secrets. It is a story about secrets and lies, but more than that, it is a story about love, hope, and redemption. I look forward to what this author writes next.

D Clark
A well-written "sweet and clean" Regency

I found this book emotionally touching and loved the secondary characters, especially Lady Claire. I don't typically make an effort to read "sweet and clean" romances, and thought the plot started a bit slowly, but was particularly drawn in about 60% of the way through. I did feel as if the transition between the H distrusting the h and loving her was a bit abrupt--their relationship could have been more thoroughly developed. When H asked h to marry him, it was jarring. H and h did have a few very charming scenes together, though.

There were some editing errors, maybe in the transition to e-book publication, but nothing too glaring. I appreciated the author's use of language, which seemed accurate to the time period and her word choices were lively. Nothing seemed glaringly anachronistic, which is a refreshing change from a lot of the Regency romances out these days. I would recommend this book.


The story takes place almost entirely in one house, the Vicarage. After a heartwrenching Prologue, the story centers on Sebastian Armitage. His return home from the Indies, is not without difficulties. He returns to his godmother Lady Claire, her companion Amanda and her son Anthony. But nothing is as it seems.

There are twists and turns that kept me guessing. A slow burn romance, a couple of villians thrown in at the end. All was finally made clear. The prologue was wonderful.

Highly recommended.

Tammy B. Gibson
Lovely read with the sweetest ending

Amanda and Sebastian’s story was a great read. Very likable characters and a smarmy villain who gets his comeuppance. Neither hero or heroine are looking for a relationship and it’s a bumpy road to get there but the story develops in such a way that you know the happy ending is coming. Anthony and Lady Claire add a completeness that makes this book a keeper. I figured out the mystery of Sebastian pretty early on but it didn’t diminish the enjoyment of the reavers.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Avid Book Lover
Awesome Story!

I really enjoyed reading this excellent historical romance. It’s filled with angst and a mystery of sorts. Two of the three main characters have secrets that ultimately cause havoc in this intriguing love story: “Oh what a tangled web we weave/When first we practice to deceive”… I read it in almost one sitting as I didn’t want to put the story down. I received a free review copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Trust Issues

Sebastian had his life turned upside down. He is now a renowned rake living on the island of Jamaica. Amanda is living a lie as a widow. They are connected through one sassy and spirited old lady. When they meet sparks fly. Turns out they have a lot of secrets in common. Trust becomes the currency that gets these three to the point of building a happy family together.

very interesting plot

I loved the story,the characters everything.What I didn't like was that there were pages missing.I read it on kindle cloud and in some places pages were missing I hope you will fix the problem

gloria perkins
Great book

I enjoyed this book so much. And the truth came our upon the end. Such a heart warming story. And such love for all to be found