Even men of great certainty can be completely clueless when it comes to matters of the heart. Read more...
Even men of great certainty can be completely clueless when it comes to matters of the heart.
Colin Spenser, Marquess of Farleigh, is shocked when his feelings towards his best friend's sister take a turn into the realm of helpless adoration. Unfortunately, Elinor is more inclined to ignore him than express her undying devotion, so Colin resolves to forget his troublesome feelings by entering a loveless marriage...
Elinor Hargrove has absolutely no interest in the infuriating and arrogant Marquess of Farleigh. That is, until he kisses her--twice--inspiring unexpected and inconvenient passions. Then Elinor finds out he's engaged, and her desires are quickly surpassed by her outrage...
But when a ghost from their shared pasts resurfaces, Colin and Elinor must work together to puzzle out a complicated intrigue by attending an extremely exclusive party where secrets and lies flourish--and scandal is only a kiss away.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Kimmel’s fast-paced second installment in her 19th-century Birch Hall Romance series (after 2015’s A Lady’s Guide to Ruin) shows that longtime acquaintances can find love in the most unusual situations. Colin Spenser, Marquess of Farleigh, has decided that it’s time he got married, and has chosen Lady Penelope Layton as his bride. But Colin still harbors feelings for Lady Elinor Hargrove, his sister Marie’s old friend. When Colin kisses Elinor right before his engagement is announced, she’s amazed by her attraction to him and devastated by his apparent callous treatment of her. Elinor’s still grieving Marie’s death under strange circumstances and decides to impersonate a courtesan so that she can attend a very sensual house party and hopefully gain information that will help her solve the mystery. When Elinor meets up with Colin at the party, they succumb to the allure of their attraction. The sizzling chemistry between Colin and Elinor is a driving force of this novel, which is complete with subtle suspense and a fearless heroine. Agent: Lisa Rodgers, JABberwocky Literary. (June)