A bargain born of desperation ignites into passion as one lord's quest to save his family leads to the discovery that he can never settle for less than love. Forsaken, abandoned, and duped, Miss Jemma Adair has no other recourse but to request her grandfather's help to avoid living on the streets. His asking price? She must marry a neighboring lord's odious son. Thankfully, there is a way out of her dilemma - ensuring the rake never asks for her hand. But what is Jemma to do when her ally is an all-too handsome silver-tongued lord with a penchant for poetry that makes her question giving her heart to another man? Philip De Vere, Lord Harthorne, wishes to marry for love, but inherited debt and family obligations force him to seek a wealthy wife. Yet experience has taught him that ladies of the ton prefer rogues to gentlemen with a poet's soul. But when an unrepentant hoyden claims to know a thing or two about how to make a man a rake, Philip finds he cannot resist Jemma's offer or her.
©2015 Julie Johnstone (P)2015 Julie Johnstone
This book kept me so intrigued that although I purchased it this morning, I had to finish it today and without delay. I loved the book almost entirely to the last couple of chapters. It became silly to assume someone who followed the society's rules would relinquish them and stand on the street outside her house screaming her name. Unbelievable. But that aside the rest of the story was sweet and heart warming. Good to actually see a truly nice gent through and through in a historical romance that is not in need of rehabilitation :). Loved it. Hope you will too.
The main character is childish and the story is ridicules. This is a great beginner love story for my 13 year old. The maturity level is definitely age appropriate for her.
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No, I like some of Julie Johnstone's other books but this one deteriorated to the point of being insulting to the readers.
not in the genre but to the author
shortened the end
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