Lilith Davenant has ample reason to detest Julian Wyndhurst, Marquess of Brandon: He's exactly the kind of man who hastened the demise of her profligate husband, and the debt he owed to Julian has forced her to an engagement with a wealthy suitor for the sake of supporting her beloved nieces and nephews. Besides that, Lord Julian somehow manages to ignite disturbing...feelings...she's never felt before!
Lord Julian used his considerable skills and cunning in the war against Napoleon. Now he's obliged to use the same talents to save his young cousin from a disastrous marriage to a scheming mistress - who makes him a wager: If Julian can seduce the famously icy Lady Lilith Davenant, the lady will release his cousin from the engagement.
But very quickly, Julian discovers Lilith's hidden warmth, kindness, and humor. Will he be able to prove his heart to her before she learns of his recklessly shameless wager?
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Delightful book marred by poor production quality
Oh, what a delightful book! Writing in 1990, the young Loretta Chase was not yet at the top of her game, but there are flashes of the brilliance to come. And as is so often the case, Chase creates a hero who is appalling and seductive at the same time and a heroine who is not the least bit cowed by him.
The narrator is very good, but I have to mention that the production quality of this book is simply not up to the standards expected of a first-class author like Loretta Chase. Unlike her more recent titles, this one, along with Isabella, is self-published and not produced by Tantor or Blackstone. I certainly hope that Ms. Chase or her agent sees the reviews and takes action on future audio books.
Loretta Chase is HR royalty and she deserves better. Don't let this complaint prevent you from listening, however. You'll have lots of fun!
- Lady Wesley "Popular reviewer of more than 400 historical romance titles on Goodreads. Georgian/Regency/Victorian/Edwardian."
Two thumbs way up