- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Forever; Original edition (June 28, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446565385
- ISBN-13: 978-0446565387
Product Description: (from the publisher)
Miss Julianne Gatewick is in a pickle. It started when her brother's best friend-for whom she's long nursed a secret tendre-agreed to act as her guardian for the Season, only to seduce her with a risqué waltz. But when the music stopped and the expectant ton waited for Marc Darcett, Earl of Hawkfield, to claim her as his own, he made his disinterest clear. Rather than succumb to humiliation, Julianne does what any self-respecting, recently discarded young miss with a wicked sense of humor would do. She secretly pens a lady's guide to enticing unrepentant rakes . . . and it becomes the hottest scandal sheet in London.
Every honorable rake knows that friends' sisters are forbidden. But suddenly Julienne has a spark of mischief in her eyes that Hawk can't resist. Try as he might to push her away, he spends his days listening for her laughter and his nights dreaming of kissing her senseless. He's always avoided innocents and their marriage-minded mothers, but has the man least likely to wed finally met his match?
Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her "Trouble."
When she's not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and most of all, long lunches with friends. She holds degrees in English literature and marketing. A native Texan, she shares her home with her daughter and a spoiled mini-lop rabbit that lives in a slightly gnawed cardboard cottage.
Visit her at: http://www.vickydreiling.com/
My Thoughts:Vicky Dreiling has certainly done her homework when it comes to providing historical narrative! I was quickly swept back in time to the England of 1817 where the women dressed in long, flowing gowns and the men wore top hats and overcoats. Each character was very well-developed, and I became especially fond of Aunt Hester...what a hoot! Aunt Hester with her brutal honesty touched by a bit of bawdiness encourages Julianne to write her pamphlet which becomes more of a guide about the art of seduction as a means of obtaining that long-desires marriage proposal. ...perhaps a bit early feminist rights in a patriarchal society. I enjoyed this much more than I expected and found it to be quite a fun read. Yes, there were a few "steamy", and even a bit "naughty" scenes that made a novice romance reader such as myself blush...just a little. And a wonderful plot development that kept me reading 'till the wee hours of the morning! If your a fan of historical romance novels then your in for a real treat with this one! I give this novel an overall rating of a 4.
And now for the giveaway! I am please to announce that I have been given the opportunity to award three lucky winners with a copy of this novel! This giveaway is open to resident of the US and Canada, and please, no P.O. Boxes. To enter, simply be follower of my blog (new followers are always welcome!) and leave a comment on this post. If you choose to blog about this with a link back here, please leave a separate comment with a link to your blog for 2 additional entries!
I'll announce the winner here on July 20th!