Lily Somerset's plan for the London season is simple: courtship, marriage to a respectable gentleman, then the comfortable existence of a proper Lady. Read more...
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Lily Somerset's plan for the London season is simple: courtship, marriage to a respectable gentleman, then the comfortable existence of a proper Lady. That is, until one tiny misstep leaves Lily on the edge of social ruin, forcing her to depend on a wicked rogue to save her reputation.
Robyn Sutherland doesn't save reputations--he sullies them. He'd rather be drawn and quartered than find himself spending the season as Lily's escort. But he has no choice but to stay until her tattered standing is mended.
What begins as a ruse to deceive London soon flames into an uncontrollable passion. Robyn calls to the wild spirit that lurks beneath Lily's prim exterior, and Lily awakens the hero's heart within Robyn. But can these unlikely lovers trust themselves enough to let desire overrule reason?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-06-20
- Reviewer: Staff
The Sutherland Scandals continue, but the setting shifts from the bucolic countryside to the predictable ballrooms of Regency-era London, sadly leaving behind most of the first book’s vivacity and delight. Lily Somerset’s sister has married an earl (in A Wicked Way to Win an Earl), which affords Lily the opportunity to enter the London season. Seeking a well-ordered life, she sets her cap for a modish, if dull, gentleman, but gets unexpectedly tangled in scandal when her brother-in-law mistakes her for someone else in a dark room and a gossip catches them together. Robyn Sutherland genuinely regrets embroiling Lily in his mischief, but manages to make further trouble with an ill-timed waltz. He wants Lily, and he wants to save her reputation, but he can only do that by marrying her, and he doesn’t believe that he deserves someone so good. Bradley keeps most of the action (what there is of it) confined in ballrooms and the Sutherland townhome, which makes the story feel a bit small. This pleasant coupling will be enjoyed by readers who appreciate Regency manners, but Lily and Robyn’s romance offers no surprises, as there’s never any doubt that the rogue will be tamed. Agent: Marlene Stringer, Stringer Literary Agency. (Aug.)
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In Sara Humphreys’ Trouble Walks In, the second in her McGuire Brothers series, childhood acquaintances Ronan McGuire—now a New York City K-9 cop—and Maddy Morgan enjoy their weekly runs. Ronan knows Maddy needs a friend after the death of her longtime boyfriend. But it’s getting harder and harder to see her as a buddy, and he cautiously attempts to get them out of the friend zone. Their chemistry cannot be denied, but Maddy isn’t sure she’s ready for another relationship—especially with a man whose job is so dangerous. To make that point sharper, the two of them stumble upon a body that’s part of a string of serial murders—and it’s a woman Maddy knows. There’s a reprieve for the pair when they return to their small hometown for a wedding, and it’s there that the two admit their feelings. But a murderer still lurks in New York City, and when Maddy returns, she finds him lying in wait. Suspense, romance and a heroic dog make this a standout, feel-good story.
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Kelly Harms tells the story of an artist in her early 30s facing up to real life and old mistakes in The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay. After 10 years of eking out a living with her painting, Lily Stewart finds herself evicted from her Chicago apartment. As she’s packing, she finds decade-old papers she forgot to sign—the ones that would annul her impulsive Vegas wedding to a stranger. On another whim, Lily decides to track down Ben Hutchinson and take care of the problem in person. But the tech genius’ small town of Minnow Bay, Wisconsin, is a winter wonderland that’s surprisingly hard to leave—as is Ben. As Lily learns more about Ben, she learns more about herself as well—and finds a newfound confidence in her art and the possibilities that lie ahead. Harms has penned a fanciful and amusing book, with a likable heroine who will have readers cheering for her happy ending.
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A husband-hunting Regency miss catches the wrong man in A Season of Ruin, part of Anna Bradley’s Sutherland Scandals series. After the death of her parents, Lily Somerset is under the Sutherland family’s care, and during the London season, she sets out to find the man of her—very practical—dreams. He’ll be staid and worthy. Nowhere on her list is “heart-stopping” or “worldly.” That’s why she hasn’t romantically considered the second Sutherland son, Robyn. Everybody knows his slick reputation, and being seen getting close to him could ruin her own reputation. Which is exactly what occurs one night. When gossip spreads that Lily and Robyn were alone behind closed doors, their families concoct a plan to save the situation. Robyn will stick by Lily, almost as if he’s a real suitor. That closeness allows a surprising passion to catch fire, even as both Robyn and Lily know he’s not the type to be tied down. But the temptation to kiss becomes too much, and soon they are truly entangled. This one’s a sizzling charmer!