Title: The Proposition
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Judith Ivory
Publisher: Avon, 1999
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
No man, gentleman or otherwise, has ever looked at Lady Edwina Bollash the way the brash, handsome man standing before her is doing now. Edwina has accepted the challenge to transform incorrigible Mick Tremore into a gentleman in just six weeks. And although the linguist is sure she can rise to the task, she isn’t at all certain she won’t swoon under his frankly sensuous gaze before her job is done.
Mick has lived outside of London society long enough to know that appearances can be deceiving. Edwina might look all buttoned up-the perfect English lady-but there is unleashed passion existing just below her placid facade (not to mention a great pair of legs!). And as she prepares him to take his place in society, Mick prepares Edwina to take her place in his heart…and in his bed.
I heard about this book, published in 1999, from a list of best romances ever. So when I saw it in the LibraryI picked it up with my usual “I’ll be the judge of that” attitude.
This story of a rat catcher, Mick Tremore, and an aristocratic, innocent lady is very well done. He is very rough around the edges but he has a brilliant mind, a kind heart and an unrelenting drive to seduce Edwina. She is also brilliant, and has an unrelenting drive to remain virginal. What a delightful duo. Edwina is falling for him but it is an impossible situation since they are from totally different levels of society. For most of the book their HEA is truly in doubt.
This book is certainly one of the best written. Judith Ivory has a way with character and plotting that sets her among the best in romance writers. From what I can understand she has not written another novel since around 2005. This is truly a loss to all of the romance reading community. I will have to content myself with reading her entire list and then rereading.