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Romance set in Regency London.
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A salacious prologue sets up this Regency-era tale of the offspring of Cecil, eighth duke of Selbourne, and his wanton mistress, the Widow Winstead, lovers who inadvertently expose their relationship when they plunge to their deaths, knocked off a balcony while in flagrante delicto. Bram, the ninth duke of Selbourne, is appalled when he discovers that his father had promised to sponsor his lover's daughter during the spring season, and his fears seem justified as Sophie appears to be a sexually sophisticated and very manipulative young woman, an able heir to her mother's legacy. She charms everyone except Bram, who just wants to get her married off and as far away from London as possible. As the characters develop and the delicious plot unfolds, this turns into a thoroughly delightful historical romance. Although not a traditional Regency as perfected by Georgette Heyer and practiced by the likes of Marion Chesney and Patricia Veryan, it is a pleasurable read in the newer tradition of Jo Beverley and Joan Wolf. Diana Tixier HeraldFrom Library Journal:
Michaels sets the tone for this lively romp in a hilarious opening scene that depicts the demise, respectively, of the father and mother of the hero and heroine when they plunge off the balcony in the throes of passionate love amidst a boring house party. The classic guardian/ward plot pattern is saved by an ingenious twist, and the dashing hero is definitely adequate; surprisingly, the shallow, too lovely heroine has less appeal. Nevertheless, Michaels (The Promise, Pocket, 1997) crafts a well-plotted, humorous story filled with a bevy of delightful supporting characters that include sweet Aunt Gwendolyn, who pilfers things; a former courtesan maid; a cute but sticky-fingered monkey; and a parrot who knows (and tells) too much for his own good. Michaels is a popular author of both Regencies and historical romances, and this story will not disappoint her many fans.
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Book Description Grand Central Publishing, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0446605824
Book Description Grand Central Publishing, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0446605824
Book Description Grand Central Publishing, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110446605824
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