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Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, is The Ideal Gentleman, a man all men want to be and all women want to possess. Even Felix himself almost believes this golden image. But underneath is a damaged soul soothed only by public adulation.
Louisa Cantwell needs to marry well to support her sisters. She does not, however, want Lord Wrenworth - though he seems inexplicably interested in her. She mistrusts his outward perfection, and the praise he garners everywhere he goes.
Still, when he is the only man to propose at the end of the London season, she reluctantly accepts.
Louisa does not understand her husband's mysterious purposes, but she cannot deny the pleasure her body takes in his touch. Nor can she deny the pull this magnetic man exerts upon her. But does she dare to fall in love with a man so full of dark secrets, any one of which could devastate her, if she were to get any closer?
©2013 Sherry Thomas (P)2014 Tantor
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"Thomas's characters are intelligent and multidimensional, and each scene is expertly crafted and rich in details." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
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By Patricia on 12-04-14

Strange and Disappointing!

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Remember, this is only my personal opinion -- but I simply found this a very disappointing story. I have enjoyed other books by Sherry Thomas and so was surprised by the tone and lack of storyline. The plot was just too strange for me. I could not at all believe it. I did not come to care at all about the characters and so gave up half way. There was very little dialogue. Under these circumstances, the narrator did a very fine job.

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By Jonna on 04-14-14

Lovely story, extremely well-written

This is my first Sherry Thomas story, and it sent me to the web searching for more, It is so well-written with interesting dialogue, fully fleshed-out characters and a plot that has twists and turns that are psychologically motivated and completely believable. Felix Rivendell is the perfect gentleman, but his difficult upbringing leads to dark motives in his otherwise perfect demeanor. Rebecca Cantwell needs to marry, and she seems to be the last person a suitor like Felix would seek. But he sees in her the complement to his own dark personality, and because she distrusts him, he mistakenly believes she understands his dark side. Despite incredible and incandescent sexual chemistry, it turns out his motivations are not clear to her, and he must prove his love in a way that makes her trust him. How he does that makes him a thoroughly lovable hero and the story a delightful listen.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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