Thanks to her grandfather's complicated will, Miss Adela Ruffington, along with her mother and sisters, is about to lose her home and income to a distant cousin, the closest male heir to the Millingford title. Read more...
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Thanks to her grandfather's complicated will, Miss Adela Ruffington, along with her mother and sisters, is about to lose her home and income to a distant cousin, the closest male heir to the Millingford title. For Adela, nothing could be more insulting--being denied her rightful inheritance for a randy scoundrel like Wilson, the very man who broke her heart following a lusty dalliance years ago.
Still smarting from the betrayal of his latest paramour, Wilson Ruffington never anticipates the intense desire Adela again stirs within him. Despite his wicked tongue and her haughty pride, their long-ago passion instantly reignites at a summer house party, the experience they've gained as adults only adding fuel to the flames.
Wilson and Adela are insatiable, but civility outside of the bedroom proves impossible. Determined to keep Adela in his bed, Wilson devises a ruse--a marriage of convenience that will provide her family with a generous settlement, as well as prevent scandalous whispers. Their plan works perfectly until family rivalries and intrigue threaten to destroy their arrangement...and the unspoken love blooming beneath it.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-04-29
- Reviewer: Staff
Da Costa, known for erotic romance, lures readers into her latest tale as a plain spinster finally meets her match. In late-19th-century England, distant cousins Wilson and Adela Ruffington engage in a sizzling encounter while attending a house party. Both Adela and Wilson remember all too well their mutual deflowering seven years prior. Witty repartee spices their love scenes and adds levity to the romance, which becomes more real when Wilson decides that they should wed and asks Adela’s mother’s permission—before checking with Adela. While Wilson’s initial reasons for wanting to marry Adela mostly involve passion and money, he soon realizes that the enjoyable trysts with his wife have started to mean more to him than mere lusty encounters. Fans of historicals who enjoy more spice in love scenes will be drawn to this intellectual hero and fiercely independent heroine. (June)