STORY: An Indecent Proposal
Lady Alexandra Hobbs, the daughter of the Duke of Huntley, has intended to marry Lord Owen Monroe since she first glimpsed him from the window of her bedchamber, back when she was just a girl. But the duke has already chosen Alex’s infamously spoiled elder sister, Lavinia, for Owen. And now there’s no turning back.
Owen has spent most of his bachelor years drinking, gambling, and skirt-chasing. He won’t see another pound from his parents, however, until he’s engaged to Lavinia. Desperate, he accepts an offer from her innocent and spirited–and absolutely beautiful–sister Alex: She will
turn him into a perfectly tamed suitor, and show him how to woo the shrew. But when Alex’s true motives come to light, will their bargain lead to recriminations–or to a romance that defies everyone’s expectations?
REVIEW: The Estate of the Duke of Huntley, Surrey – 1813
Miss Alexandra (Alex) Hobbs, age 15, and the younger daughter of the Duke of Huntley, is listening to the music at her sister, Lavinia’s, age 18, come out ball. Wishing she could be attending the ball, she cannot wait until it is her turn. Her brother, Thomas, age 13, is home from Eton and he and the stable lad are taking off on a clandestine nightly adventure. Thomas uses Alex’s window to sneak out of the house. When a brawl breaks out under her window, Alex hears Lord Owen Monroe, son of the Earl of Moreland and a known rake hell intervene in the brawl. It appears her brother is in the middle of the fight and Alex is very taken with Lord Owen’s take charge attitude in stopping the fight and teaching her brother and the stable lad that they must not get into trouble.
Three Years Later – London – 1816
Lord Owen is currently facing a severe scolding from his father, Earl Moreland, who is totally fed up with his drinking, gambling, and associating with loose women. The Earl wants Owen to finally settle down and find a wife. In fact, he is giving him one month to become engaged or he will cut off his allowance. In addition, he tells Owen exactly whom he will marry – Lady Lavinia Hobbs, the eldest daughter of the Duke of Huntley. Thinking that it will be easy to accomplish this, he is surprised to find that Lavinia has said that she will only marry for love. This means he will have to woo her. So, now he needs to find out what she likes so he can attract her.
At the same time, Alex has not been a success at her coming out. Actually, her debut has been simply a failure. She has no man interested in her and that’s just as well since her mother has said that she may not marry until her sister, Lavinia, has married. When she overhears her parents discussing pairing Lavinia up with Lord Owen Monroe, the man of her dreams, she is devastated. Soon, Owen is also learning that Lavinia is a spoiled tyrant and a shrew.
Owen meets Alex at a soiree and she agrees to help him try and woo Lavinia. In exchange, Owen agrees to teach her how a man likes for a woman to flirt and act around him so she will be able to attract someone. As they spend time together, they become enamored of one another. Everything that Owen tries to do to win Lavinia fails. The woman is cold and unfeeling. Oh, but he wishes he could marry Alex, however, his father and Lavinia’s father have decreed that he must marry Lavinia. So, Owen and Alex are unable to give into their desires for each other.
This is another of Valerie Bowman’s well-written novels. She includes characters from some of her past novels that we have come to love. Note: As for me, I am her character, Jane, and I like to hang out in the library and read.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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