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Publisher's Summary

The rules of marriage...according to Miss Annabel Essex. A husband must be:

Rich. Make that very rich. She's had enough of leaky roofs and thread-worn clothing.
English. London is the center of the civilized world, and Annabel has a passion for silk and hot water.
Amiable. Good-looking would be nice, but not necessary. Same for intelligent.
Isn't she lucky? She's found just the man! And her chosen spouse is nothing like the impoverished Scottish Earl of Ardmore, who has nothing but his gorgeous eyes, his brain - and his kisses - to recommend him.
So what cruel twist of fate put her in a carriage on her way to Scotland with just that impoverished earl and all the world thinking they're man and wife? Sleeping in the same bed? Not to mention the game of words started by the earl - in which the prize is a kiss. And the forfeit....
Well. They are almost married, after all!
©2005 Eloisa James (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cam on 10-08-13

Lovely story

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Another good book by Eloisa James. I can't imagine living in times like this where what people said about you could alter your life forever. In this book, Annabel Essex has to get married to the Earl of Ardmore because of a scandal brought on by the lies sold to the papers. He takes her to Scotland to wed her in his homeland and promises to not compromise her until they reach their destination and are married. Their journey brings them in a close enough contact that they fall madly and passionately in love.
Good storyline, narration and love story.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Vinity on 04-29-14

Frustrating leads

I generally really like Eloisa James stories but both the leads in this one were very frustrating. Annabel is really not very likable. Even tho she grows up poor and plans to marry a rich man, it doesn't excuse her whiny and self pitying attitude in most of the book. I didn't mind the male lead, Ewan, that much till they get to Scotland and he pulls a trick on her to test her. Then he became a jerk too. Eloisa James is usually witty and fun. This story is just old tired tropes not very well handled.

Susan Duerdan was ok. She perhaps whispered too much but she did her best with what she had to work with.

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