Casey Claybourne Tiger by the Tail

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Tiger by the Tail

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A prisoner after his temper gets him confined to jail, William Taggart accepts the proposal of a temporary marriage to lovely Melisande Mooresby to escape confinement, but these two unlikely lovers soon find greater happiness together than they had ever dreamed possible. Original.

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Dimunitive but seemingly fearless, 22-year-old Melisande Moorseby, known as the She-Devil of Moorseby Hall, seems an unstoppable force as she peruses the inhabitants of the local jail to find an urgently needed husband. After her selection is delivered to the hall, she discovers that William Taggert is far from the biddable lout she thought she had found. A Scot who had been living in America, Will has his own reasons for going through what is supposed to be a sham marriage that will be annulled as soon as Melisande's younger sister is safely wed, a plan that is thwarted by the unexpected passions of the newlyweds. Although the regency-era setting is lightly drawn, Melisande's managerial competence and her plan for penal reform in conjunction with rehabilitation of the Taggert distillery in Scotland add an interesting dimension. Claybourne's fascinatingly complex characters and a lively, fast-moving plot, along with sensual lovemaking, should make this a hit with readers of spicy historical romance. Diana Tixier Herald

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Claybourne's newest historical romance (after Jaguar Eyes) is fresh, fast-paced fun. Independent Melisande Mooresby requires a husbandAone who can pass as a gentlemanAfor three weeks only. Once her viscount grandfather is satisfied she's well wed, she'll finally gain her inheritance to fund a house of reformAand her younger, secretly pregnant sister will be free to wed her beloved. Melisande plucks a very handsome Scot out of the town jail to play the part of groom. Reluctant until he realizes his freedom is only an easy "I do" and an annulment away, Will Taggart agrees, keeping his own motives to himself. Once at Mooresby Hall, Melisande's brother delightfully ups the stakes for Will. As Melisande turns her "brute" into a gentleman worthy of her hand, Will discovers that the fringe benefits of the marriage just may foil his own plans for the future. In all, this is a charming and entertaining love story.
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