STORY: Polite Society doesn’t take Lady Anne Adamson seriously. However, Anne isn’t just another pretty young miss. When she discovers her father betrayed her mother’s love and her family descended into poverty, Anne comes up with a plan to marry a respectable, powerful, and honorable gentleman— a man nothing like her philandering father.
Armed with the heart of a duke pendant, fabled to land the wearer a duke’s heart, she decides to enlist the aid of the notorious Harry, 6th Earl of Stanhope. A scoundrel with a scandalous past, he is the last gentleman she’d ever wed…however, his reputation marks him the perfect man to school her in the art of seduction so she might ensnare the illustrious Duke of Crawford.
Harry, the Earl of Stanhope is a jaded, cynical rogue who lives for his own pleasures. Having been thrown over by the only woman he ever loved so she could wed a duke, he’s not at all surprised when Lady Anne approaches him with her scheme to capture another duke’s affection. He’s come to appreciate that all women are in fact greedy, title-grasping, self-indulgent creatures. And with Anne’s history of grating on his every last nerve, she is the last woman he’d ever agree to school in the art of seduction. Only his friendship with the lady’s sister compels him to help.
What begins as a pretend courtship, born of lessons on seduction, becomes something more, leaving Anne to decide if she can give her heart to a reckless rogue, and Harry must decide if he’s willing to again trust in a lady’s love.
REVIEW: London England – 1815
Lady Anne Arlette Adamson, age 20, has caused her mother much frustration simply because she is not yet betrothed. Anne’s twin sister, Katherine, is happily married to the Duke of Bainbridge. Anne is a lovely young lady with beautiful golden hair. As a highly spirited gal, she is not willing to settle for just any man. She wants to marry a Duke, just as her sister did. She knows that the Duke of Crawford is in the market for a wife. He is extremely wealthy and would surely suit her.
Harry Falston, the 6th Earl of Stanhope, age 30, has a reputation as a total rogue. Because he is known for these ways, Anne decides to meet up with him in the conservatory while at a dance for she wants to enlist his help. She wants him to teach her how to seduce a man. Using these skills, her hope is to gain a proposal from the Duke of Crawford.
Harry is intrigued by Anne but is hesitant to help her. When she tells him that if he doesn’t help her, she will find someone else who will instruct her, he reluctantly agrees. His heart is truly not in this as there was a beautiful woman in his past who tried this same thing with him and ended up breaking his heart.
As they meet to discuss things, Harry finds that Anne is not the silly person he originally thought she was. When he learns of the difficulties she has faced in her life, he realizes she is indeed a strong young woman simply seeking a happy and secure future.
Oh, but there is a true evil rogue by the name of Lord Rutland who would gladly seduce Lady Anne. Thus, Harry realizes that she and her reputation could be in danger and he finds himself becoming a man who really cares. And, oh my, he might be falling in love!
Again, Christi Caldwell, has wowed readers! She writes such wonderful novels with characters that tugs at the reader’s heartstring while providing us with numerous laughs.
This is Book 3 in the author’s “Heart of a Duke Series.”
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