In the Thrill of the Night

· The Merry Widows Book 1 · Candice Hern
10 reviews

About this ebook

Fans of the historical romances of Sabrina Jeffries, Loretta
Chase, and Jo Beverly will enjoy this sexy, award-winning romance by New York
Times bestselling author Candice Hern. 

Meet the Merry Widows – a group of respectable ladies with a
secret pact that is anything but respectable! 
The five friends who act as patronesses of charity balls are assured of
money and position.  None are interested
in marrying again.  But they have no
intention of forsaking physical passion for the rest of their lives.  Instead, they make a daring pact to seek out
lovers for the pure pleasure of it.

Marianne Nesbitt adored her late husband, David, but the
racy reminiscences of the Merry Widows make her wonder if she missed something
special.  Might she find it now through a
love affair?  Uncertain how to go about
it, she asks Adam Cazenove, an old friend and notorious rake, to tutor her in
the arts of seduction.

The brazen request turns Adam's world upside down.  He never imagined his best friend's very
proper and exceedingly attractive widow would seek out a lover.  If not for his recent betrothal to a young
beauty, he would jump at the chance to warm Marianne's bed.  Since he cannot bear the thought of another
man doing so, he foils her every attempt at seduction.

Until one night of unintended passion changes everything.

"Hern gracefully crafts a tale of friendship and
romance between two beautifully matched protagonists that is delectably sexy,
delightfully clever, and simply superb." – Booklist

10 reviews
A Google user
The whole idea of a group of respectable widows deciding to take lovers is quite entertaining, and I'll probably read more books in the series. I enjoyed this rendition of the best-friends-who-finally-realize-they're-in-love plot.
A Google user
3 1/2 stars. Reread and liked it as much or more than the first time I read it.
A Google user
The adventures of this group of "merry widows" are a rainy day treat. They'd rock the town even today, victorian England didn't stand a chance. It's fun to watch as they try to define their own lives in a time when women had few if any choices.

About the author

Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the period. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to bring her stories and characters to life.

Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist).

Candice's award-winning website ( is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much more. It is the only author website listed among the online resources for the Jane Austen Centre in England.

Visit for more information on all Candice's books, including excerpts and a look "behind the scenes" of each novel.


Rate this book

Tell us what you think.

Reading information

Smartphones and tablets
Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.
Laptops and computers
You can listen to audiobooks purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.
eReaders and other devices
To read on e-ink devices like Kobo eReaders, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Follow the detailed Help Center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.