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When Oliver, Earl of Stewkesbury, asks the dashing Lady Vivian Carlyle to ensure that his American cousins meet the cream of London society, he doesn't anticipate the danger she will pose to his own self-control. Thrown into intimate contact with the lovely lady, Oliver finds he cannot stop thinking of Vivian--of her wit, of her smile . . . of her lips. And when Vivian, who has sworn never to subject herself to the bonds of matrimony, boldly suggests that she and Oliver become lovers instead, her scandalous proposal is temptation indeed But with an alarming series of jewel thefts rocking London, the ever-outrageous Vivian insists on trying to discover the perpetrator despite Oliver's admonitions. And when a bold lady steps into danger, it is a gentleman's duty to protect her at all costs. What neither Oliver nor Vivian can anticipate, however, is that the ultimate cost may be both their hearts. . . .
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-02-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Camp concludes the Willowmere trilogy (A Lady Never Tells, A Gentleman Always Remembers) with this delightful romantic mystery. Lady Vivian Carlyle, steadfastly single at 28, has always lived by her own rules. When she approaches her childhood friend Oliver, the earl of Stewkesbury, and proposes an affair, he is aghast. Bachelor Oliver is polite and stuffy—hardly a likely match for vivacious Vivian—but he can't deny their mutual attraction. Meanwhile, polite society is plagued by jewelry thefts, and when Vivian is asked to recover a family friend's missing brooch, she and Oliver are thrown headfirst into cunning intrigue. With clever and witty banter, sharp attention to detail, and utterly likable characters (including Oliver's brash American cousin Camellia and Vivian's brother Gregory, who enjoy their own warm and surprising romance), Camp is at the top of her game. (Apr.)