STORY: Charlotte Griffolino knows a rake when she sees one—and the man her niece longs to marry most definitely qualifies. Stuart Drake is handsome, charming—and penniless. That he is interested in more than Susan’s considerable inheritance is highly unlikely. That he will be immune to Charlotte’s allure is even more unlikely…
With a Viscount title in his future, Stuart expects it shouldn’t be difficult to marry an heiress. Still, once he meets Charlotte, how hard will it be to charm her? Quite, actually. Now Stuart has only one option: to take revenge on her through seduction. But learning what this woman needs might only leave him hungry for more…
Not terribly, Stuart Drake thinks, if you’re good-looking, charming, and in line for a Viscount title, which, fortunately, he is. To end his penniless existence, he simply has to convince his intended bride’s shrewish, wizened old guardian that he isn’t a fortune hunter…which, unfortunately, he is in the extreme. Still, once he meets the old witch, how difficult could it prove to charm her?
Quite, actually. Escpecially when the lady in question is temptation made flesh—a gorgeous widow with a reputation for knowing a rake when she sees one, having bedded many herself. She’d rather die than let Stuart win. And with his plans thwarted, Stuart has only one option: to take revenge on his tormentor through seduction. But learning what this woman needs might only leave him hungry for more.
REVIEW: As you can see, this is a 2015 edition with a beautiful new cover.
Stuart Drake is a rake of sorts but has now been reined in by his father for being in one scandal too many. His father has totally cut him off from his allowance and he is nearly penniless and even relying on his friends for a place to stay. As he has no other choice, he needs to marry a wealthy heiress soon.
Miss Susan Tratter is a young girl who is a great bride prospect. She is very pretty, has a generous dowry and is totally infatuated with him. But there is a problem in the form of her chaperone/guardian/widowed/aunt Charlotte. She is totally against Stuart courting Susan because she has had lots of experience with men like him. At 30 years of age, she has lived many places in the world and has a “past” as well.
As Stuart presses his attentions upon Susan, the very beautiful Charlotte plots to best him at his own game by flirting with him to show that he truly is a fortune-hunter. However, the “game” begins to heat up as their bantering leads to an attraction.
When Susan goes missing and Charlotte is found to have an intruder who has broken into her home looking through some items left to her by her late husband, Stuart and Charlotte band together to find out where Susan is and who is this thief and what is he looking for.
The characters and intertwining plots make for a very gripping story that will keep the reader up late not wanting to put the book down. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and hope others will read it too. The backgrounds of Stuart and Charlotte are not to be missed.
This is a re-release of the novel originally published in 2005. It’s really nice to see great books brought out again so new readers can enjoy a great story.
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Complimentary copy provided by the author