Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett's secret identity as the author of her father's articles is her greatest deception - until her father's handsome new student arrives on their doorstep. Genevieve recognizes him as the masked intruder who earlier tried to steal a priceless gem from their home. Keeping the seductive stranger's identity hidden is a risk, but she's got secrets of her own to keep.
Sir Richard Harmsworth fakes a rakish facade to show society that he doesn't care about his bastard status. Yet haunted by his unknown father's identity, Richard believes the Harmsworth Jewel will prove he's the rightful heir. Intent on seducing the stone away from its owner, Richard finds himself face-to-face with a beauty more breathtaking than any jewel. But even as she steals Richard's heart, Genevieve will be in greater danger than her coveted treasure....
©2013 Anna Campbell (P)2013 Tantor
A better ending for the story would hav made the book worthwhile.
The portrayal of the heroine. She was TSTL, even though she was hailed as a smart person.Chapter 27 has her saying that she hates the hero, but then wants to kiss/touch/make love to him. The author should understand that this is not romantic. Having sex with someone you don't trust, think is a liar and hate sends a wrong message as to how women act. It also justifies the thinking that some men have that a woman is only "saying NO, but really wants it". Nothing romantic there!!
Yes, he did an adequate job with thie narration.
The vicar. When his daughter tells him that she was assaulted and shows the mark left from being hit, then does not believe her...what can I say. Nothing fatherly in that behaviour.
This was my least favourite of the series. It gets better with the last two books, but if I was reading them in order I probably would not have continued after listening to this one. Any one that passes on this and listens to the others won't be missing anything.
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