She needs a lesson in desire.... Lady Catherine "Cat" Sinclair must rescue her impoverished family by marrying a wealthy suitor. But there is one problem: she knows nothing of seduction. But Thomas Montrose - a rake who has long set the town ablaze with his passion - may be able to help. Can Cat persuade him to give her a few scandalous lessons? But he may get schooled.... Now retired to the English countryside, Thomas has bid adieu to his libertine days. Yet the impudent maiden with the shocking proposal ruffles his nerves when she claims he is no longer a master seducer. To prove her wrong, he agrees to teach her all about desire. But he never imagines his ravishing student will learn so quickly...or that she will tempt him beyond reason.
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This novel started out with great promise as you can't help but really grab on to the leads and want to follow their stories as they are humorous, smart, sassy and interesting.
Yes, it's a predictable layout, but that didn't bother me. In fact, I looked forward to finding out HOW the leads would end up together (because isn't every romance book predictable in that way??) Anyhow, Lady Catherine "Cat" Sinclair seeks to capture the eye of a wealthy lord who will marry her, and thereby take her family out of their dire financial situation. She hasn't been able to bring this particular lord up to scratch for about 3 seasons. Now Cat being the ever resourceful gal that she is comes to the door steps of Thomas Montrose, a notorious lady's man, and rake who can teach her the art of seduction. Thomas Montrose is a 32 year old man who come on!--He has to be in his prime with his dark hair, tanned skin and muscular body; well it's no wonder he leaves a trail behind of broken hearts.
Cat and Thomas' first encounter was so funny as they have great chemistry. I was chomping at the bits with excitement as this seemed like it was going to be a real treat & stellar read. And, although this book will give you very worthy leads who are intelligent, funny, along with interesting backgrounds and side characters, it will not save you from feeling the frustration that comes with a constant lack of communication between Thomas and his precious Cat.
There is plenty of movement in this book as the settings vary from the English countryside, to dazzling ballrooms, French hotels, ships etc., There is also the looming threat of Napoleon's army that keeps all characters on their toes (or at least Thomas and his cohorts). Thomas gives Cat her space, yet it's so obvious that both leads are quite attached to one another. Yet, even though Thomas and Cat intensely yearn for one another and their seductive lessons bring them both closer to the brink of giving in to their love, neither of them can ever completely open up about their feelings, fears and desire to be together. So, the misunderstandings, the lack of communication DROVE ME FREAKEN NUTS!!!!! It drove me nuts because this "holding back" on both of their part remained consistently present throughout each stage of their relationship.
Well, there are about 2 main conversations between Cat and Thomas where they share their heart and keep moving forward. Even though I LOVED the leads, the only way I moved through the frustration the festered because of the lack of communication between the leads is that I stopped anticipating…I stopped caring. Crazy right? Well, thankfully both Cat and Thomas find their HEA and we can only hope they learn to be more honest with each other up front and avoid future headaches.
The narrator was decent. At first I thought her voice was a little old for the female voicing especially, but I soon got used to her.