Proper young ladies of the ton-especially ones who have very small dowries-are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only things they are encouraged to pursue are eligible bachelors. So, the headstrong Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret. Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .
With her older sisters both happily married, Caro Sloane yearns for a romantic adventure of her own. Unfortunately the muddy, sulfur-scented waters of Bath seem the least likely setting for love or excitement. But the aspiring young poet soon finds inspiration when she runs into a familiar-and achingly handsome-Scottish laird.
Visiting Bath with his sickly sister, Alec McClellan is shocked to be reunited with Caro Sloane. He hasn't been able to forget the English beauty since their brief but exhilarating first meeting. But Bath is not nearly as serene as it appears, and soon Alec must protect Caro from a danger that threatens to extinguish the sparks flying between them. Little does he know that a bit of danger is exactly what Caro is looking for . . .
Elliott's third Hellions of High Street Regency romance (after Sinfully Yours) indulges in the occasional dialogue slip into the 20th century, but despite that or maybe because of it modern readers will find its characters very appealing. Caroline "Caro" Sloane is the youngest and most unpredictable of the notorious High Street Hellions, as likely to plant a frog in a gentleman's pocket at a formal dinner party as she is to knee an assailant's groin. Following an exhausting and unsuccessful season on London's marriage mart, she decides to seek the relaxing spa waters of Bath, where it is doubtful that she'll be obligated to entertain an eligible male under 60. When she encounters Alec McClellan, Lord Strathcona, a handsome Highlander and political activist, witty banter and subtle sparks ensue. Their invigorating game of cat and mouse is curtailed when a case of mistaken identity puts Caro in harm's way, at which point flinty Alec suddenly realizes Caro is the woman for him and runs to the rescue. It's all pleasantly predictable, with a headstrong woman, a self-contained man, and a soup on of danger, but Elliott spins it well.
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A Rip Roaring Regency Romance!
This was my first reading by this author…but now I absolutely MUST go back and read her backlist and others in this series particularly. Ms. Elliott writes Regency in a lovely way with humor, intrigue, romance and evidence of research into Regency times. I can recommend highly this story about Caro’s and Alec’s adventure and happy ever after.