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Lord Drake Varisey, Marquess of Winchelsea, eldest son and heir of the Duke of Wolverstone, must foil a plot that threatens to shake the foundations of the realm, but the very last lady - nay, noblewoman - he needs assisting him is Lady Louisa Cynster, known throughout the ton as Lady Wild.

For the past nine years, Louisa has suspected that Drake might well be the ideal husband for her, even though he's assiduous in avoiding her. But she's now 27, and enough is enough. She believes propinquity will reveal exactly what it is that lies between them, and what better opportunity to work closely with Drake than this latest mission, with which he patently needs her help?

Unable to deny Louisa's abilities or the value of her assistance and powerless to curb her willfulness, Drake is forced to grit his teeth and acquiesce to her sticking by his side if only to ensure her safety. But all too soon, his true feelings for her surface sufficiently for her, perspicacious as she is, to see through his denials, which she then interprets as a challenge.

Even while they gather information, tease out clues, increasingly desperately search for the missing gunpowder, and doggedly pursue the killer responsible for an ever-escalating tally of dead men, thrown together through the hours, he and she learn to trust and appreciate each other. And fed by constant exposure - and blatantly encouraged by her - their desires and hungers swell and grow....

As the barriers between them crumble, the attraction he has for so long restrained burgeons and balloons until, goaded by her near death, it erupts, and he seizes her - only to be seized in return.

Linked irrevocably, and with their wills melded and merged by passion's fire, with time running out and the evil mastermind's deadline looming, together they focus their considerable talents and make one last push to learn the critical truths - to find the gunpowder and unmask the villain behind this far-reaching plot.

Only to discover that they have significantly less time than they'd thought, that the villain's target is even more crucially fundamental to the realm than they'd imagined, and that it's going to take all that Drake is - as well as all that Louisa as Lady Wild can bring to bear - to defuse the threat, capture the villain, and make all safe and right again.

As they race to the ultimate confrontation, the future of all England rests on their shoulders.

©2017 Stephanie Laurens (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Please stop this man from evering ruining another

Mathew should never be allowed to read another romance novel and ruining an otherwise good book. I feel sorry for Stephanie Laurens that she has been forced to submit her work to such an unskilled man

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Good story with some hick ups

I didn't like that were recycling parts of the recording during the story. I can't be the only one that noticed the narrator's inflection/intonation changed from one second to the other during the story when part of the story were used at an earlier moment in the storyline.

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  • A.
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  • 07-18-17

Great series

Liked the way the characters solved the mystery. Also that the men respected women's opinions and capabilities.

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The Greatist Author of Them All?

If not, then certainly in that rare air group of the finest Romance writers. This story is one of her finest and I look forward to reading how the three couples and their houses survive yet another generation when three little ones arrive on the scene here weeks or days to come. I'm on auto order with this author. Are you?

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Out with the old in with the new

With that title she should had stated with the old generation, their stories, were better crafted, these 3 stories could probably been said with one, book, I owned all the other books from the old generation and even the narrator Simon Prebble was better and not necessarily that Mathew was horrible, but his infliction with the words are not there he is just flat, where there should be happy sound, or angry, or sad there is just not infliction on his word but just flat, I guess the story was ok but it was redundant and repetitive and with a flat narrator it just made it worse at least for this particular story and Mathew is a decent narrator but with this material not so sure, save your audible credit, but the paperback, and then donated to a lib ear you, hopefully the others will be better.

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I expected better

I was so excited to read/ listen to this book. It let me down. It was more focused on the plot than the romance.

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