She's an American heiress. He's a devilish earl. When these two collide, the sparks ignite a shocking scandal in USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke's unforgettable Victorian-era romance.
Linnet Holland wants nothing to do with fortune hunters. No, she's determined to marry a man who loves her. But just as she's about to accept the perfect marriage proposal from the man she wants, the rakish Earl of Featherstone interrupts and ruins everything, including her reputation, with his smoldering kiss . . .
Jack Featherstone knows all about Linnet's "intended," and he's determined she won't fall prey to that villain as other women have in the past. But when his attempt to save Linnet ruins her instead, he knows he has to make things right. So he sets out to win this golden beauty . . . and prove to her that being ruined by him was the best thing that could have happened to her.
Guhrke's third American Heiress in London historical (after How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days) attempts to critique the familiar formula of "he has a title, she has a fortune." In the late 1800s, Linnet Holland returns to Rhode Island after a discouraging search for a titled husband in Europe. Linnet agrees to meet her former crush, Frederick, in a darkened pagoda, where he intends to propose. Jack, the impoverished Lord Featherstone, follows Linnet to the pagoda to keep her from making a mistake with Frederick. But when Linnet and Jack are discovered there alone, he tries to save her reputation by kissing her and proposing marriage himself. Linnet sees Jack as just another fortune-hunting lord with a crumbling English estate, and at first she refuses to marry him. But when Jack and Linnet meet again in England, he works hard to win her heart, having decided that she is the only woman for him. While the precipitous engagement is somewhat contrived, the clever banter of courtship makes excellent foreplay for sensuous love scenes.