STORY: Despite her vast wealth, Miss Ariadne Lambert, at the ripe old age of thirty-three, is a plain and aging spinster with little but a fading hope that a knight in shining armor will come to sweep her off her feet. Which makes her the perfect prey for the unscrupulous “Dapper” Dorsey, who would stop at nothing to seduce a needy and wealthy woman and then coldly fritter away her funds in the gaming halls of London. As Ariadne succumbs first to his wily charms and then to his kisses, will her need for affection rob her of her dignity—and her fortune?
Viscount Ingram, whose soiled reputation from one especially salacious incident has left him exiled to the sidelines of society, marks his time as a dark and brooding man, tolerated more for his title than his merit. But even he has his standards, and when he learns of a rival’s plot to seduce and then steal from a helpless spinster, he vows to stop him.
Ingram’s noble sentiments and uncharacteristic sincerity are in for a shock, however, as he discovers that the hopelessly gullible Ariadne is in fact a clever and shrewd woman who’s got more than a silly giggle up her sleeve. As the two team up in a devilish scheme to bring about the final undoing of Dorsey, cooperation turns to admiration and then attraction, and they discover that their last chance to repair their reputations may also be their first chance at finding true love.
* First published in the anthology, Untameable.
REVIEW: This little novella [a bit over 80 pages long] was so much fun, I beg you to read it!
I loved the plot and the fast pace, but I adored the heroine and the hero equally. It’s refreshing to read about a couple that’s a bit older, and our heroine was thirty-three, which definitely made her a spinster.
I loved the fact that both were not the “dead-gorgeous” sort and that both had a wonderful sense of humor. It was such a pleasure to read a story that depicted a romance of two people that were “grown-up”! Despite this being set in regency era, the characters were so well drawn out, that they felt very real.
Highly recommending this little gem!
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher