Ella Quinn's intriguing and irresistible bachelors are masters in the game of seduction. But nothing has the power to change a single man's mind like a captivating woman. . .
William, Viscount Wivenly, plans to remain the most eligible of bachelors. He refuses to surrender to the schemes of husband-hunting ladies and matchmaking mamas. Fleeing the pressure of the ton, he's bent on finding refuge in the West Indies. What he finds instead is a fascinating stranger, a woman so unlike those of his society that he can't resist such a beguiling distraction. . .
Determined to let nothing complicate her mission to protect her family's livelihood while covertly rescuing orphaned slave children, Miss Eugénie Villaret does her best to evade suitors. But when dashing William lures her down a path of forbidden adventure and delicious danger, she may be convinced that business can indeed be mixed with pleasure—and persuaded to add passion to her priorities. . .
Praise for The Temptation of Lady Serena
"This charming, sweet love story is the perfect addition to the Marriage Game series." --RT Book Reviews
Quinn's fifth Marriage Game historical (after Desiring Lady Caro) has an interesting and unusual setting but is awash with clich . William, Viscount Wivenly, visits the West Indies to escape the women scheming to be his bride and to ensure the security of an estate left to his widow's family by his favorite uncle. He brings along his friend Andrew, whose clueless behavior earns them some wonderful Regency-era insults from the locals. In a sweet two-fer, William falls in love with Eug nie Villaret while her best friend kindles a romance with Andrew. The story is not, however, without annoyances. Initially, William behaves like the proverbial six-year-old pigtail puller, and the villain reads like a faux-French Snidely Whiplash. Despite a strong effort, Quinn never quite manages to merge the romantic plots and the intrigue into a cohesive book.