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Biweekly marriage proposals from men who can't see beyond her (admittedly breathtaking) looks are starting to get on Lady Clara Fairfax's nerves. Desperate to be something more than ornamental, she escapes to her favorite charity. When a child is in trouble, she turns to tall, dark, and annoying barrister Oliver Radford.
Though he's unexpectedly found himself in line to inherit a dukedom, Radford's never been part of fashionable society, and the blonde beauty, though not entirely bereft of brains, isn't part of his plans. But Clara overwhelms even his infallible logic, and when wedlock looms, all he can do is try not to lose his head over her.
It's an inconvenient marriage by ordinary standards, but these two are far from ordinary. Can the town's most adored heiress and London's most difficult bachelor fall victim to their own unruly desires?
©2015 Loretta Chekani (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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By kestergayle on 12-31-15

Utterly wonderful

This is a smart, funny, sexy romance. Loretta Chase does romance like no one else, and when her prose is read by Kate Reading the story becomes incandescent. I loved this, inhaled it in pretty much one sitting, and will very likely re-listen soon. If you like Ms Chase you'll love this. If you like historical romance, you'll love this. If you like Kate Reading, you'll love this.

You can read the blurb for a plot summary, but here you have love between equals. A very smart woman frustrated to the point of hysteria over having to pretend she has no brain. A man so smart he's never surprised...and Lady Clara surprises him. Quite a bit. The sexual tension is palpable, the dialog is hilarious, the narration is sublime, the plot is unique and unpredictable, and the whole thing is a delicious delight. I especially enjoyed how, when she became deathly ill, Raven nursed Lady Clara. That's the opposite of nearly every other romance I've ever read.

This is Ms Chase's best so far, IMO, and the narration makes it sizzle and pop even more. I highly recommend this one!

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By Maine Knitter on 01-02-16

Well worth the wait

I loved this! Lady Clara was my favorite character in the previous book in this great series. I'm so glad she got her own story

Clara is one of my top female characters ever! I love that she puts up with nothing. The beginning of the book relates her first meeting with "Raven" and it's memorable. She reads books when it's not considered proper for women. She drives her own carriage. She's an amazingly "modern" woman for her time. And then she runs into Raven again (of course) and it's a very fun adventure. Oliver, aka Raven, is also one of my favorite characters. Their banter makes the book. Both characters are intelligent and that contributes to a great story.

The writing is phenomenal. The dialogue is a riot. I found myself laughing out loud and surprising my husband since I was listening with headphones and he had no idea what was going on.

Kate Reading does another perfect job with the narration.This book was well worth the wait.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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