Experience the drama of the Little Season in the first of a new series by USA TODAY bestselling author Kasey Michaels, in which three dashing war heroes have finally met their matches…
Gabriel Sinclair has returned from battle as reluctant heir to a dukedom. As if his new responsibilities weren't enough, Gabriel's aunt enlists him to sponsor a young heiress through London's Little Season. Yet Miss Thea Neville is hardly the tedious obligation he expected. She's exotic and enchanting—and utterly unaware of the secret poised to destroy her family's reputation.
After ten years in America, Thea is ready to do her duty and marry well. Deportment lessons, modistes, balls—the ton is a minefield she could scarcely navigate without Gabriel's help. By rights, she should accept the first bachelor who offers for her. Instead, she's succumbing to a dangerous attraction to her wickedly handsome chaperone—one that could unhinge her plans in the most delicious way.
Michaels's new series starts chaotically as she tries to combine the background of her Little Season books with the history of a new set of families. Gabriel Sinclair has returned to London, scarred from the Napoleonic Wars, to find the latest surprise from his aunt: she's taken in Dorothea Neville, the hitherto-unknown daughter of his greatest enemy, the bullying Henry Neville. Thea has been raised in Virginia, and her foremost goal is to confront the father who abandoned her as an infant. After Gabriel instructs Thea in the protocols of London's Little Season, the pair take the town by storm, where Gabe learns that Thea's parentage is more threatening to his enemy than Gabe had realized. There is little new in the plot; Michaels's attempts to create antagonism between Thea and Gabe are unbelievable, and Henry is little more than a sputtering cartoon. However, the sparkling conversations between Thea and Gabe make the story something more than its predictable plot, and Gabe's aunt and Thea's maid provide additional humor as lusty chaperones.