Charis Forbes-Wilkinson is ruined! At least in the critical eyes of Regency Society. And she is quite content with that state of affairs. Who needs a husband anyway? Unfortunately, an unsolicited offer of marriage appears, sending Charis fleeing into the countryside to meet with a completely unacceptable friend of hers – a gypsy girl.
Fate intervenes, however, in the form of one Sinjun Randall, who is idly tooling his phaeton down the same country lane as Charis. He’s enchanted and she’s fascinated by his handsome smile and easy ways. Finally accepting his offer of a ride – completely outrageous in and of itself – Charis makes her own suggestion. And it’s far more outrageous than a simple carriage trip.
Sinjun agrees without hesitation. He’s found himself entwined in her plans, willing to assist her in her total ruination and completely lost in her expressive eyes. Their passionate interlude completes Charis’s ruination. But rather than ending her future, it marks the beginning of a new and unexpected love…
Compromising Charis is set in a time when it’s not proper for a lady to be alone with a gentleman, much less caught in a compromising position with him. This is what led to her being classified as ruined. She was banished to the country after she was caught naked in bed with a young man.
She has had time to explore herself and determine what she likes and wants out of life. She has learned to be self sufficient (in all ways) and doesn’t need or want a husband. She has been learning about breeding horses from her gypsy friends and wants to raise her own horses.
She is brought back to the city because her family received an offer of marriage for her. The gentleman was willing to “overlook” her youthful indiscretion but that just makes her rebel even more. She decides to take the money she has saved and run away. She is going to meet her friend the Jenny and join their ban of gypsies.
Along the way she runs into Sinjun and she is drawn to him instantly, even though she doesn’t want to admit it. She tries to act shy so he won’t keep asking her questions but eventually she gives in and accepts a ride from him. She feels comfortable with him and decides to let him in on her secret. He plays along with the whole thing, intrigued on where she is going with this.
She asks him if he would be willing to spend the afternoon “ruining” her because she is very attracted to him. She figures that she is running away, she might as well enjoy herself before she goes.
Sinjun is a willing participant and can’t believe his fortune that the fates have brought them together. He sets out to show her he is not a “chuckleheaded lackwit” in hopes of changing her mind when he reveals his secret. In the process he receives a surprise that pleases him very much. They spend a lot of time both in and out of bed getting to know each other and what brings them pleasure.
I liked the scene in the library between the two of them. It was very sexy and also made Charis feel empowered and somewhat in control. She has been taking care of herself for so long, I think this was important to their relationship. He was kind and caring while showing her all kinds of new things they could enjoy together.