Bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries pens the sizzling story of one of three half-noble half brothers, who makes a most unwelcome entrance into society...
and a most unexpected match.
Beautiful Lady Regina Tremaine has turned down so many suitors that she's called La Belle Dame Sans Merci. The truth: she won't marry because she carries a dark secret. She sees no good reason, however, why her brother shouldn't court the lovely Louisa North -- even if the girl's brother, the notorious "Dragon Viscount," objects.
Marcus North, Viscount Draker -- bastard son of the Prince of Wales -- is rumored to be a monster who holds women captive in his dark castle to have his way with them. He has been exiled from polite society for years. But when Lady Regina makes a plea on her brother's behalf, Marcus proposes an outrageous deal: her brother can court Louisa so long as Marcus can court Regina. Can the beauty and the beast survive a proper courtship when the devastatingly improper passion between them threatens to cause the scandal of the century?
This sprightly Regency romance, the second in bestseller Jeffries's Royal Brotherhood series (after In the Prince's Bed), focuses on the outcast brother, Lord Marcus North, Viscount Draker, whose illegitimacy he's the bastard son of the Prince of Wales and reputation as a gothic villain have kept him out of society for years. When the Dragon Viscount decides his half-sister, Louisa, is in need of a season, he turns to his newfound brothers for assistance. Louisa is a success in London's highest circles, but has attracted the attention of the rakish duke, Simon Tremaine. Marcus is determined to nip the relationship in the bud and keep Prinny, who has recently attempted to insinuate himself into Louisa's life, away from her. Marcus can handle the prince but he's at a loss when dealing with the Lady Regina, Simon's beautiful sister, whom society has christened "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" because of her quick wit and unwillingness to accept any of the marriage proposals she's received. Marcus soon discovers the passionate heart beating beneath Regina's cool exterior and that she guards an awkward personal secret. If the resolution of Regina's problem strains credulity at the end, the parallel courtships of the Tremaine and North siblings engages throughout. Readers will eagerly await the third brother's story.