USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret continues her charming new trilogy with a bluestocking whose search for information on the mating habits of scoundrels has her stumbling upon the missing heir to an earldom... in the London underworld.
Jane Pickerington never intended to start a brawl in a brothel. She only wanted to research her book. Yet when her simple study of scoundrels goes awry, she finds herself coming to the rescue of a dark, enigmatic stranger… who turns out to be far more than an average rake out for a night of pleasure. He’s positively wild!
Only the most feral and cunning could have survived foundling homes and work houses. Orphaned as an infant, Raven never had another name. At least… not until he meets her. Now he’s face-to-face with the one person who recognizes the strange birthmark on his arm and can reinstate him to his blue-blooded birthright.
All at once, Raven’s life takes a turn. His knowledge of dark alleys and gaming hells never prepared him for gilded ballrooms. So Jane becomes his tutor. Yet, the more lessons in decorum she offers, the more this untamed scoundrel wants to teach her all the ways to be wicked.
The deliciously slow-burning second Regency romance in Lorret's Mating Habits of Scoundrels series (after Lord Holt Takes a Bride) pairs an inquisitive debutante with an indifferent loner. Aspiring author and science nerd Jane Pickerington often toes the line of impropriety while conducting research for her forthcoming book, which will educate women on the differences between gentlemen and scoundrels. During a research trip to a brothel, she encounters the mysterious Raven and saves him from being ousted from the establishment due to his low birth. Raven, an orphan who had a hellish upbringing, is intimately familiar with London's dens of iniquity, but has no clue as to his family so he's intrigued when Jane tells him she recognizes his unusual birthmark and might be able to connect him to his people. Jane's rambunctious personality and determination prove hard to resist, and before Raven knows what's hit him, he's partnered with the unrelenting bluestocking on a quest for answers that leads straight into the heart of London's high society. Raven and Jane are an excellent match: Jane's curiosity and innocence adds spark to their sensuous moments while Raven's playfulness keeps things light and airy. Witty flirtation, steamy interludes, and a bit of fascinating mystery combine into a irresistible romance.