"[A] feast of female empowerment, positive friendships, feel-good moments, and social satire." — NPR
In the first book in Eva Leigh's new Union of the Rakes series, a bluestocking enlists a faux suitor to help her land an ideal husband only to be blindsided by real desire…
Lady Grace Wyatt is content as a wallflower, focusing on scientific pursuits rather than the complications of society matches. But when a handsome, celebrated naturalist returns from abroad, Grace wishes, for once, to be noticed. Her solution: to “build” the perfect man, who will court her publicly and help her catch his eye. Grace’s colleague, anthropologist Sebastian Holloway, is just the blank slate she requires.
To further his own research on English society, Sebastian agrees to let Grace transform him from a bespectacled, bookish academic into a dashing—albeit fake—rake. Between secret lessons on how to be a rogue and exaggerated public flirtations, Grace’s feelings for Sebastian grow from friendship into undeniable, inconvenient, real attraction. If only she hadn’t asked him to help her marry someone else...
Sebastian is in love with brilliant, beautiful Grace, but their bargain is complete, and she desires another. Yet when he’s faced with losing her forever, Sebastian will do whatever it takes to tell her the truth, even if it means risking his own future—and his heart.
A pair of bookworms goes from friends to lovers in the charming first regency romance in the Union of Rakes series from Leigh (Dare to Love a Duke). Shy, awkward Sebastian "Seb" Holloway has been secretly pining for his good friend Lady Grace Wyatt for years, but Grace only has eyes for Mason Fredericks, a wealthy naturalist who is indifferent to her bookish charm. When Seb suggests that she'd have better luck catching Mason's eye if he saw another man wooing her, Grace convinces Seb to play the role, and they enact a plan to transform Seb into a dashing rake. Seb's best friend, the Duke of Rotherby, pitches in to instruct Seb on how to behave in society. As Seb secures a new wardrobe, takes dance lessons, and practices his seduction technique on ladies in the park, Grace realizes she's been as blind to Seb as Mason has been toward her. The plot is as well developed as the lovers' growing feelings. Readers will delight in this heartfelt, swoon-worthy tale.