IN GRITTY, WORKING-CLASS LONDON, SHE DOES WHAT SHE MUST TO SURVIVE . . .
When Nell Whitby breaks into an earl’s house on a midnight quest for revenge, she finds her pistol pointed at the wrong man—one handsome as sin and naked as the day he was born. Pity he’s a lunatic. He thinks her a missing heiress, but more to the point, he’ll help her escape the slums and right a grave injustice. Not a bad bargain. All she has to do is marry him.
A NOTORIOUS LADIES’ MAN COULD TAKE HER FROM POVERTY TO OPULENCE . . . BUT AT WHAT PRICE?
A rake of the first order, Simon St. Maur spent his restless youth burning every bridge he crossed. When he inherits an earldom without a single penny attached to it, he sees a chance to start over—provided he can find an heiress to fund his efforts. But his wicked reputation means courtship will be difficult—until fate sends him the most notorious missing heiress in history. All he needs now is to make her into a lady and keep himself from making the only mistake that could ruin everything: falling in love. . . .
Duran (Wicked Becomes You) takes an unusually close look at poverty and class in this fairy tale Victorian romance. The rakish Simon St. Maur, earl of Rushden, was deliberately cut out of the previous earl's will. Factory worker Nell Whitby seeks out Rushden at her dying mother's command and learns that she's the long-lost heir to the Rushden fortune. The handsome new earl offers a stunning bargain: he will make her into a lady and help her claim her inheritance if she will share it with him as his wife. Well-developed lead characters and a perceptive portrayal of a poor woman's reaction to the lush lifestyle of the nobility highlight a top-notch romance undermined only by an implausible setup. Nell's strong personality and practical attitude make her more than a match for the cynical, arrogant Simon, and their erotic encounters neatly balance the humor of Nell's Pygmalionesque transformation.
Witty, good in-depth analysis of characters and their motives. A little long winded regarding the heroine's dilemma ... Well written.