In Slightly Sinful, Alleyne Bedwyn disappears after the Battle of Waterloo. His instructions to his sister, Morgan, were to wait for his return. In the ensuing chaos, Rachel York goes to the Battlefield hoping to find enough money to repay her prostitute friends’ savings, stolen by Rachel’s fiancé. Instead of money, she finds a naked, wounded, almost dead Alleyne. She takes him to the brothel where the “ladies” nurse him. Alleyne recovers physically, but has amnesia. Thinking that Rachel is a prostitute, he takes her innocence, and then feels guilty because he cannot offer her marriage. He has a vague feeling that a woman, probably his wife, awaits him. There is one way Rachel can repay her friends, but she needs Alleyne’s help to return to England and get control of her personal fortune.
Mary Balogh has created an endearing family saga with the boisterous, larger-than-life Bedwyns. This is fifth in the Bedwyn family series. While each book stands alone, the action in Slightly Tempted, the fourth book, and this volume takes place concurrently, and both stories conclude at about the same time.