Praised for creating “the best in romantic fiction”(Rendezvous), New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley returns to nineteenth-century London in a scandalous love story that burns with the heat of forbidden passion on every page....Ravished
All her life, flame-haired Alexandra Sheffield has been expected to marry the wealthy Lord Christopher Hatton—a man whose title and inheritance make Alex the envy of all London. But desperate for a life filled with adventure and passion, she is in no hurry to marry the spoiled aristocrat. Instead, she is consumed with longing for another man—Lord Hatton’s devastatingly dangerous twin brother, Nicholas.
All his life, Nick Hatton has had his pick of beautiful women, but he’s also had enough sense never to hazard his heart. That is, until his irresponsible brother gambles away his inheritance and plans to refill his pockets by marrying spirited young Alex. Driven by a fierce need to protect her, Nick will risk anything to prevent his brother’s scheming seduction. But when the girl he sets out to save becomes the glorious woman he longs to ravish, he must force himself to resist her wild beauty and reckless flirtation—before his desires erupt in a single, scorching moment that can never be undone.
Henley's (The Border Hostage) latest Regency-era romance is less steamy than her classics, but it will still satisfy her fans. As always, her heroine is a spitfire and her hero a dashing rake. In this case, however, the rake is also an identical twin, which leads to mishaps both predictable and utterly surprising. Nicholas and Christopher "Kit" Hatton have been inseparable from the day they were born, despite their father's preference for Christopher, his heir. But Alexandra Sheffield, promised to Kit in the cradle, may be the one prize the brothers can't bear to share. She finds herself irresistibly drawn to the penniless Nick, despite his reputation and her need to marry well to support her dowager aunt. Nick, in turn, is torn between his duty to his family and his desire for his bewitching young neighbor. The lovers strive diligently to stay apart, and their success is the story's failure, particularly as Kit devolves into a fairly stock villain. Many of the plot devices are familiar, and the pace drags toward the middle. However, Henley still has a few tricks up her sleeve, and she dispenses them liberally in the latter half. Although the novel is patchy, it will likely inspire newcomers to check out Henley's backlist.