Lady Caroline Linford is horrified to discover...
her fiancé, the Marquis of Winchilsea, in the arms of another woman. Unfortunately, Victorian society considers such masculine peccadilloes a trifle; canceling their imminent wedding would be unthinkable. But Caroline's wish is for the man she is to marry to desire only her...and she seeks lessons in the art of romance from the best teacher: London's most notorious rake.
Braden Granville may be a famous lover...
but he has no intention of taking part in Caroline's scheme -- until he learns she has something he wants: the name of his own unfaithful fiancée's lover. As their passionate tutelage begins, sparks fly -- and the lines between teacher and student fall away. Now there is just one last lesson to learn: on the subject of true love, the heart chooses its own unpredictable ways.
Brimming with the warmth and charm of a playful puppy, Cabot's (Lady of Skye,etc.) Victorian-era romance turns the tired theme of a young woman's sexual awakening into something fresh, funny and sensual. Never prurient, this spirited romp offers seduction scenes that are scintillating yet subdued and protagonists with whom the reader can easily identify. When Lady Caroline Linford finds her fianc , Hurst Slater, the Marquis of Winchilsea, in flagrante delicto with Lady Jacquelyn Seldon, she does what any sensible woman of her era would do nothing. Caroline even goes out of her way to keep Jacquelyn's fianc , wealthy firearms manufacturer Braden Granville, from discovering the pair. Nevertheless, Braden, who worked his way out of London's worst crime-ridden ghetto only to be reviled by society's elite, knows he's being cuckolded, and he's determined to discover the identity of Jacquelyn's lover so that he can call off their wedding. Caroline, however, feels obliged to marry Hurst since he saved her brother's life a year earlier. To make him love her, Caroline resolves to become an expert in lovemaking, and she turns to Braden, the Lothario of London, for instruction. A subplot involving a vicious ring of card sharks helps flesh out Caroline and Braden's romance, and supporting characters such as Caroline's friend Emily, a Suffragette who's fond of chaining herself to things, and Braden's quirky cronies Weasel, Wormy and Crutch add zing to an already intoxicating tale.