Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Elizabeth Boyle
Publisher: Avon, May 29, 2012
Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
“A young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants.” Aunt Allegra
A lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth—a match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt means by “untoward attentions.”
But the same can’t be said when the Duke of Preston happens along Tabitha’s path. He spies a rebellious streak in her that matches his own and he makes it his mission to save her from such a passionless match, interfering in her life at every turn. All too soon, Preston—whose very name spells ruin—has Tabitha caught between the good fortune that guarantees her security, and his kiss, which promises an entirely different kind of happily-ever-after.
Tabatha is trying desperately to hold onto her dignity and virginity until she is forced to forgo both. Preston is a Duke without very much decorum (but really when you are a Duke you pretty much do what you will). All manner of faux pas ensue to foul up plans which keep us turning pages and every once in awhile laughing out loud.
This is a fun, light, predictable, but most enjoyable read. There is not much new in this book. We get rakish aristocrats, prim-proper country lasses, vile villains and snooty society so we have all the makings of a true regency style romance novel and Ms. Boyle does write it well. This is a fine escape read and since it is the first in a series we can look forward to the stories of other interesting side characters.