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“Searing, tender and filled with passion, Sherry’s writing is nothing short of a revelation.”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas
Lord Vere is handsome, strapping, and sweet. The only problem? He is an idiot. Or is he a secret agent of the Crown, solving crimes and bringing evildoers to justice, all the while playing the part of the dimwit to facilitate his investigative work?
Elissande Edgerton is desperate to break free of her uncle’s malevolent control, so desperate she is willing to marry any man, even an idiot like Lord Vere, who believes that diamonds grow in oysters.
Their dramatic wedding night, however, changes Elissande’s mind. She begins to suspect that Vere is not who he appears to be. Can she make this interesting and complicated man drop his mask—and bare his heart—before secrets of the past tear them apart?
By turns laugh-out-loud funny and deeply poignant, packed with both danger and simmering sexual tension, this RITA® award winner for Best Historical Romance of 2011 is a treat not to be missed.
Thomas employs grand misunderstanding (as she did in 2008 s Private Arrangements) to motivate this Victorian romance, which is replete with perfect period touches. The marquess of Vere fakes stupidity so no one will suspect he s investigating Edmund Douglas for fraud and murder. Douglas s niece, Elissande, is thoroughly fooled and plots to snare the marquess and escape her vicious uncle. Through a comedy of accidents involving rats, spicy Victorian parlor games, and sneaking around hallways at night, Elissande tricks Vere into marriage. As attraction grows, she wants to admit her motivations, but Vere shuts his conniving bride out as Douglas swears revenge. Though both story line and misunderstandings feel contrived at times, Thomas writes with genuine wit and sympathy, and when hero and heroine actually connect, the humorous, graceful writing transcends a creaky plot. \n