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Lady Ivy Fenwick is desperate. Since her father s fatal duel, she and her sisters have sold off every valuable possession to make ends meet. With the manor stripped bare, Ivy has one last resort: Apply as governess to the Duke of Ellsworth s wards.
James should have known better than to hire the desirable lady who had fallen on hard times and who tempts him at every turn. As her employer, he tries valiantly to remain noble and not let a kiss they shared as strangers years ago entice him. Yet the more he learns of Ivy s secrets, the more he wants her. And when another suitor proves aggressive, James is confronted with a challenge: Surrender Ivy or fight for the woman he s come to love against all odds, knowing that it takes a scoundrel to trump a scoundrel."
- ISBN-13: 9780451470133
- ISBN-10: 0451470133
- Publisher: Signet Book
- Publish Date: February 2015
- Page Count: 352
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
Series: Fenwick Sisters Affairs #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-12-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Longtime Regency romance author Hunter (the Boscastle series) opens the Fenwick Sisters Affairs series with a frankly absurd premise: a duke’s son is unaware that an earl’s four daughters live down the road. Ivy, Rosemary, Rue, and Lilac Fenwick live behind a thorny garden in a crumbling Tudor manor. After their father dies discredited and in debt, they’re reduced to pawning the family jewels to keep food on the table. The young Duke of Ellsworth returns wounded from Napoleon’s war, intending to salve the pain in debauchery with a lush mistress; instead he finds himself saddled with his brother’s young children. Desperate Ivy applies to become their governess, and sparks immediately fly. There’s skullduggery and derring-do, and of course abundant stage-setting for Rosemary, Rue, and Lilac to get their stories in due time. Deep emotion is absent, but the shenanigans are amusing. (Feb.)