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Urged by her favorite nephew, the intimidating Duchess of Roxburghe agrees to transform a thorny Scottish rose into a lovely bloom. But even she isn't prepared for fiery Rose Balfour.
At 17, Rose fell wildly in love with Lord Alton Sinclair, known as Lord Sin for his wicked ways. Stung by his indifference, the starry-eyed girl tried to win an illicit kiss, but then panicked and pushed the notorious rakehell into a fountain. Leaving Lord Sin floating among the lily pads to the mocking laughter of his peers, Rose escaped back to the obscurity of the Scottish countryside.
Six years later, Sin convinces his aunt, the Duchess of Roxburghe, to invite Rose to her annual house party, where he plans to get revenge by making Rose the laughingstock of polite society. To his astonishment, he finds she has become an alluring woman who threatens to turn the tables on his nefarious plans. Thus Sin and Rose begin an epic battle of the sexes that becomes more passionate at every turn. Eventually, one will have to surrender...but to vengeance? Or to love's deepest passion?
©2012 Karen Hawkins (P)2013 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"A delightful, sprightly romp is what Hawkins does best, and when she sets her witty tale in Scotland and adds a charming castle and an engaging cast of characters, [listeners] have the beginning of an appealing new series." (RT Book Reviews)
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By 🇺🇸🎄DARA on 06-07-13

witty, romantic, and entertaining!

I found this book very entertaining. All the characters are so full of life and are delightful. The main characters (Rose & Sin) love to challenge each other by games or verbally. Their sparring contributes to the witty banter throughout the story. Rose is not afraid to say what's on her mind. T he Duchess (Sin's aunt) adds to the fun. She loves to meddle in a good way of course! BTW: The narrator was excellent!

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By Joann on 05-07-13

Karen Hawkins is the best

I love Karen Hawkins style of writing. Her books are light and funny. AMust listen!

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