STORY: When Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, agrees to help his best friend’s impetuous ward, Lady Clarissa Lindsey, in her time of need, he knows he’s in for trouble. He’s been hunting for someone to wed, and she’ll just get in the way. Although captivated by the whip-smart, free-spirited beauty, he fears she’d be all wrong as a wife … if she would even take such a gruff cynic for her husband. Too bad he wants nothing more than to have her for his own.
Clarissa has no intention of marrying anyone—not Edwin, whom she’s sure would be an overbearing husband, and certainly not the powerful French diplomat stalking her. But when matters escalate with the diplomat, she chooses Edwin’s gallant offer of a marriage between friends in hopes that it will deter her stalker. She expects nothing more than an amiable union, but their increasingly tempestuous kisses prove more than she bargained for. When her stalker’s vow to expose the lovers’ deepest secrets threatens to destroy their blossoming attraction, will their tenuous bond withstand public ruin, or will Edwin lose all that’s important to him to protect his bride?
REVIEW: London – 1830
Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, is appalled when his best friend, the Marquess of Knightford, requests that he escort his cousin and ward, Lady Clarissa Lindsey, during the season. Clarissa has always been quite prickly with Edwin which irritates him. A beautiful young woman with a large fortune, she has rebuffed numerous marriage proposals.
Count Gerard Durand, secretary to the French Ambassador, has been pursuing Clarissa relentlessly and she is finding it more and more difficult to keep him away from her. It appears he is privy to a secret that Clarissa is hiding and is using it to try and have his way with her.
As Edwin and Clarissa spend more time together attending soirees, she constantly critiques the way he interacts with other women. Although attracted to each other, Clarissa is hesitant to acknowledge his admiration as yet.
When Durand makes an appearance here and there leering at Clarissa, Edwin becomes incensed. Will Clarissa be able to get Durand to leave her alone? Will Edwin and Clarissa marry and find their own HEA?
I had a difficult time liking this book. When there is too much sniping and oneupmanship between characters, it becomes grating. However, I’m sure there are other readers who will enjoy the story.
Copy provided by the publisher
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