There are disadvantages to being an heiress, as Eliza Martin knows well. Fortune hunters flock to her, acquaintances lie and pander, and lately, someone is engineering "accidents" to propel her to the altar. But Eliza will not be bullied, and she will get to the bottom of this plot. All she needs is a man to infiltrate her assemblage of suitors and find the culprit. Someone not easily noticed; a proficient dancer, quiet, and even-tempered. Thief-taker Jasper Bond is entirely too large, too handsome, and too dangerous. Who would believe that an intellectual like Eliza would be seduced by a man of action? But the combination of her stubbornness and the mystery makes the case one Jasper can't resist. Client satisfaction is a point of pride and it's his pleasure to prove he's just the man she needs after all...
Light Regency romance meets a little bit of mystery in this charming if rather implausible tale of Eliza Martin, a practical, intelligent spinster heiress who longs to retire solo to the country but is pressured by her uncle to continue meeting with fortune-hunting suitors. Suspicious that recent mishaps are attempts on her life, she hires attractive thief-taker Jasper Bond to pose as an additional suitor in order to investigate the men around her, unaware of his secret connections to her social circle and his desire to seduce her himself. The plot is mostly put aside to focus on eager public flirtations, private erotic discoveries, and developing true love. Romance readers who like their virgins self-confident and their heroes experienced but not jaded will enjoy Eliza and Jasper's dynamic, and the period feel never falters even when things get steamy. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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1 . Loved this free preview !!
Posted February 27, 2012 by Dee Ward , YonkersThe free preview made me want to read more. The initial interactions between the two main characters was fraught with sexual tension. The backdrop story about possible danger to Eliza coming from an unknown source provides some mystery. Eliza is a mixture of vulnerability and boldness. She speaks her mind without apology, however, she is doubtful of her appeal to the opposite sex. Jasper is intrigued by Eliza from their first meeting. She fights her attraction to him which makes him want her to capitulate.
I can't wait to read the rest of Eliza and Jasper's story.
Kensington Publishing Corporation
January 31, 2011
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