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Publisher's Summary

Physically reckless, irrepressibly roguish, and poised on the brink of ruin, Jonathon Westruther, Earl of Davenport, returns from the dead only to throw himself into dissipation. Until he meets his worst nightmare: a straitlaced former schoolteacher he can't get out of his head. He resolves to seduce the delightful Miss Hilary deVere by fair means or foul. But when his past returns to endanger Hilary, he must protect her at all costs.
Dismissed from her post at a ladies' academy because of prejudice against her uncouth family, Hilary will do anything to avoid going back to live with her loutish brothers. She longs for a London season to show the world a deVere can behave with utmost decorum and to find a respectable husband. Everything about Lord Davenport appalls her but desperation makes strange bedfellows. To get to London, Hilary strikes a bargain with the devilish Davenport, confident that she's immune to his charm. But as she discovers surprising depths beneath his rakish surface, this infamous scoundrel becomes more temptation than even the most proper lady can withstand.
©2013 Christina Brooke (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Smart, funny, engaging and simply a joy to read, the latest in the series will have readers turning the pages until the wonderful deep-sigh ending. Brooke's innovative and fresh voice is quickly turning her into a star of the genre." ( RT Book Reviews)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kimberly on 04-27-14

Interesting plot and characters

Setting: Lincolnshire and London, England
Genre: Regency Romance

The performance of this book is average at best. Ms Wiley's range isn't exceptional. My biggest problem was that Hilary often sounded like Glinda the Good Witch from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. After listening to about 1/3rd of the book, I bought the Kindle.

This is the first in the Westruthers series, but I think it is a branch off from something else. Secondary characters were introduced in such a way that I felt I should have known their stories.

The book could have been improved by the deletion of some scenes, and the subplot could have been more fully developed. And then there's the sex. Don't get me wrong! I like sex scenes as much as the next person, but there wasn't much variety, so I slid through some, since I knew how they did it. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. There's more to Jonathon Westruther, Earl of Davenport than is readily apparent. He has a three dimensional quality. Hilary deVere is beautiful, as well as having strengths to balance her insecurities. Both characters grow over the course of the novel.

This book is worth the credit if you like Elizabeth Wiley's narrative style.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jonna on 04-14-14

Humor, Sexy Romance, Great Story

What a delightful listen this was. Jonathan, Earl of Davenport, is a gorgeous man but determined to destroy his reputation after returning from his feigned death. His cousins decide he needs some time in the country and dump him in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but his clothes, which is where he runs into Hilary DeVere who is a disheveled waif waking away from the job she just lost. Jonathan decides she must be "saved" because she's heading into a storm, and so begins their humorous and delightful courtship. Hilary is also running away from her scandalous brothers, and a comedy of errors ensues whereby rakish Jonathan manages to ruin her one chance to gain entrance to the "Season" of the Ton's courtship rituals. The humorous banter and irritation with each other lead, of course, to great sex and love, but not before a mystery plot develops out of Jonathan's strange history. How these spicy lovers come together is a delicious read that does not disappoint.

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