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Perfect for fans of Julia Quinn and Eloisa James, this sparkling debut is an exciting new voice in Historical romance
England, 1811. Delia Somerset despises the privileged ton, but her young sister, Lily, is desperate to escape their family's scandalous past and join high society. Unwilling to upset her sister, Delia reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the Sutherland estate-and avoid the gossip at all costs.
Alec Sutherland is known as a hot-headed scoundrel, but nothing gets a rise out of him as much as the news that his brother desires Delia's hand in marriage. She is, after all, the daughter of the London belle who soiled their family name. He's determined to ruin her reputation as well, in the most delicious way possible. It's only a matter of time before he can woo her with his irresistible advances.
As Delia devilishly plays along in Alec's game, determined to prove the joke is on him, they inch ever closer to repeating history. And in this game of seductive glances, scandalous whispers, and old debts, the outcome might be much more than either of them anticipated...
Regency-era romance feels new and bright in Bradley's delightful debut. Delia Somerset is en route to a house party in Kent when her carriage is damaged. She sets off through the mud in search of assistance, only to find a gentleman and a village maid getting ready to enjoy some quality time against a convenient tree. Inevitably, he's her soon-to-be host, Alexander Sutherland, Lord Carlisle. After they enjoy a lively t te- -t te on fornication against trees, Alec successfully delivers Delia and her sister to his home to visit with his sisters. The two families have a complicated history, as Delia's upper-class mother jilted Alec's father in favor of running away (and enjoying a lovely life) with a country squire. Despite the old scandal that now hovers over Delia's generation, Alec and Delia's attraction soon overcomes any reservations they might have had about being together. Bradley's quick wit and humor keep the story flowing smoothly. Readers will devour this passionate romance as eagerly as Alec and Delia devour each other when their flirtations lead at last to the bedroom. Alec's siblings and Delia's sisters will surely make the Sutherland Scandals series a pleasure to follow.