An unseemly proposal...
Juliet Winters has come up with a wonderfully devious plan to avoid marrying her vile cur of a cousin. First, she'll propose marriage to her handsome, reclusive neighbor, Lord Colwyn. Then, once she has both name and financial support, she'll be able to pursue her true (if rather unladylike) passion -- breeding dogs. But when Lord Colwyn rejects her proposal... Juliet must take matters into her own hands.
The last thing Benjamin Colwyn expected was for the spirited Juliet to blackmail him into marriage -- especially not by kidnapping his beloved canine companion. Yet despite his yearning for peace and isolation, he finds himself wanting to help her, if only to protect her from a marriage to a disreputable scoundrel. He certainly doesn't expect the woman who pilfered his dog to steal his heart, as well...
Juliet Winters did not want to marry. All she ever wanted to do was to breed hunting dogs like her father. When she found out her father wished her to marry her cousin, Frederick Winters, she went out and found her own choice for a husband. Then she proposed to him. the very handsome Lord Benjamin Colwyn, Viscount, was sort of a recluse, a loner and the perfect man to be her husband. They would marry, he would continue living as he is now and she would go and live at the property that is part of her dowry and raise her dogs. Now all she has to do is convince him of that.
I absolutely loved it! A fantastic story that kept my attention from start to end. Juliet is an independent, smart, witty, spitfire, who impresses me with her aspiration to breed dogs in a man's world. In 1818 England, women did not do this sort of thing. This story was very well written. Great read! I look forward to reading more from this very talented author.
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.