Set in New York City’s Gilded Age, Joanna Shupe’s Avon debut introduces an English beauty with a wicked scheme to win the man she loves—and the American scoundrel who ruins her best laid plans…
Lady Honora Parker must get engaged as soon as possible, and only a particular type of man will do. Nora seeks a mate so abhorrent, so completely unacceptable, that her father will reject the match—leaving her free to marry the artist she desires. Who then is the most appalling man in Manhattan? The wealthy, devilishly handsome financier, Julius Hatcher, of course….
Julius is intrigued by Nora’s ruse and decides to play along. But to Nora’s horror, Julius transforms himself into the perfect fiancé, charming the very people she hoped he would offend. It seems Julius has a secret plan all his own—one that will solve a dark mystery from his past, and perhaps turn him into the kind of man Nora could truly love.
Is there anything better on a chilly fall day than snuggling up with a mug of tea, a blanket, and the hottest new romance novel on the market? I DON’T THINK SO. I don’t know if the steam is coming from my beverage or my cheeks. Either way, it’s roasty toasty in here!
Even the cover will have you feeling warm inside–check out those licking…er…flames.
I love the Gilded Age because you still get the fancy dress and glamorous parties of old, but modernity is starting to take off. It creates this environment of curiosity and drive and drama–a perfect jumping off point for two rebellious people who need each other for so much more than they think they do. Nora and Julius push and pull each other towards their ulterior motives, which bursts into that predictable cloud of steam.
It’s hot, and fiery, and I couldn’t put it down. But you should definitely pick it up…you just might want to put on some gloves first.
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