A bargain that was all business . . . and pure passion.
Neither wealth nor beauty will help Lady Francesca Gordon win custody of her young niece Georgina, saving the girl from a cruel stepmother; she needs London's top solicitor for that. But when Edward de Lacey, son of the powerful Duke of Durham, hires away the one man who can do the job, Francesca decides Edward himself must champion her case . . . if only she can melt the dashing lord's stony heart.
Edward has reason to be guarded, though. London's tabloids have just exposed a secret that could ruin his entire family. When Francesca offers a unique chance to undo the damage, Edward is forced to agree to a partnership . . . and now, each moment together feeds the flames of his scandalous longing for the passionate widow. But when Georgina disappears, fate will test them both . . . and leave their love hanging in the balance.
The hero and heroine of this lighthearted Regency meet in an unusual way: they both want to hire the same lawyer. Edward de Lacey, a duke's second son, has just found out that he and his brothers may not be the legitimate heirs, while Francesca, the widowed Lady Gordon, wants custody of her orphaned niece. Edward secures the solicitor's services, but can't escape the gossips. Francesca squelches the rumors in exchange for Edward's assistance with her custody case. She's clever but prone to emotional outbursts, he's all business but loves a good quarrel, and it's only a matter of time until they fall wildly in lust. Francesca's sensibilities are exceedingly modern and both legal cases sputter out by the end, but these are mere quibbles beside the vividly drawn characters, engaging plot, and wonderful chemistry between the leads. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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August 30, 2011
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