Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day - or, rather, the night - with the most compelling man she's ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.
Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season, he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle - or family - is too much for a man who's discovered his heart's desire.
"[A] light, cheery romance" (Publishers Weekly)
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Boring with an irritating heroine
No. The narration was terrible. It is read like someone who is practicing their British accent.
I'd get a different narrator
The narrator read the story like she was reading the story. . . very slowly with each word over-enunciated. The dialogue is virtually impossible to follow as she doesn't read it like a conversation.
No.THe main character, Grace, is irritating almost beyond the telling of it. She is supposed to be this strong, self-possessed woman who has taken on the responsibility of raising her 7 brothers and sisters after their parents die. She runs the household like a champ, the kids are all awesome and well-behaved. But Grace decides on a whim that she's going to cash in her V card with a man she crushed-on during her first season. Then she sneaks off at the crack of dawn because she's in love with him, but she can never marry because of her guardianship. Guess what! He's in love with her too! After one evening's conversation! He can't believe she's gone, so he draws a picture of her and enlists everyone he knows to help him find her.
Matt is a good guy, I even like him as the hero. But Grace is insufferable.
"I just met you, let's have sex!" "I love you! I can never see you again!" "Crap! You found me! Let's have sex!" "We can't be together! Let's have sex!" "You can't touch me until we're married!" "I can't marry you because you'll a) send my brothers and sisters away; b) oppress me and take away all my decision-making; and c) get tired of me (who wouldn't?) and cheat on me (with no evidence to support this assumption)." "I know I said we can't have sex, and I cried the last time you touched my nipples, but let's have sex on my desk at (another) inappropriate time in (another) inappropriate location!"
It reads like a comedy of errors with the only shining lights being the awesome kids, staff and dogs that we get to meet here and there in the story.
- Jen Quinn