donderdag 5 augustus 2010

Sabrina Jeffries – Never seduce a Scoundrel

This is the first book in the School for Heiresses series.

Never seduce a Scoundrel

Bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries's enticing new series introduces the spirited graduates of Mrs. Harris's School for Young Ladies -- unconventional heiresses who are more than matches for society's most irresistible rogues...."Be careful, Amelia -- you know how reckless you can be!"-- Mrs. Charlotte Harris, headmistressLady Amelia Plume has many admirers -- it's too bad they're all fortune hunters and fops who can't provide the exotic adventures she seeks. But the ballrooms of Mayfair have become much more appealing since the arrival of Major Lucas Winter, an American with a dark past and a dangerous air. Lucas is brash, arrogant -- and scandalously tempting. Every thrilling kiss sparks hotter desire, yet Amelia suspects that Lucas has a hidden motive in wooing her. And she intends to discover it, by any means necessary...

I loved this book, the spirited and very smart Amelia, and the strong but tormented Lucas. Lucas needs to find the couple who embezzled money from his fathers company, and he suspects Amelia’s lovely stepmother is one of them. Amelia refuses to believe that of the sweet and shy Dolly she loves, and so they are at odds. But when Amelia is abducted by one of her suitors, Lucas follows and rescues her just in time. Only to take her to Gretna Green himself.
But does he only marry her to meet her stepmother, or does he feel for Amelia after all? And more than desire? Can a man who has every reason to hate the English, love a very English wife?

Sabrina Jeffries described an episode of the English-American war, that really gave me pause. She placed Lucas squarely in the midst of it. He was a prisoner of war in Dartmoor, suffering horrible conditions in the damp and cold, with too little food and drink and clothes. And when the treaty was signed, they weren’t released. A good time later, a lot of his comrades were murdered in cold blood by the prison guards, and no one ever got blamed for it.

I am eager to read more of this series, a little seed has been laid for Amelia’s friend Venetia, and a Scottish Highwayman …

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