Sara Lawrence is happy to be a young widow, but her brothers insist on marrying her off again. The solution? Sara asks Nick Montrose, the notorious Earl of Bridgeton, to teach her how to ruin herself, thus rendering herself unmarriageable. Envisioning the day when the luscious Sara winds up in his bed, Nick is all too happy to oblige-but when he sees her "practicing" her lessons on other men, he′s inexplicably enraged. Then comes the day Sara′s brothers catch her and Nick in a compromising position-which leads to a speedy marriage neither wants. Can the love they don′t recognize find a way through their warring desires?
Beautiful young widow Sara Lawrence has vowed to foil her brothers' plans to marry her off again. Her first marriage was a disaster and she's determined to pick a biddable husband who will leave her to her own devices. But her exasperating, adoring, and interfering five older brothers are determined to protect her. Sara is just as determined to choose her own husband, but possible candidates are few in Bath--until the scandalous Nicholas Montrose, the Earl of Bridgeton, arrives. Nicholas takes one look at Sara and wants her in his bed, but she clearly desires marriage, and wedded bliss is not in Nicholas's plans. Furthermore, Nicholas has set his sights on establishing respectability, while Sara doesn't care a fig if she scandalizes society. Despite their differences, he can't resist the lovely Sara and agrees to aid her in her search for a pliable husband. Sara's brothers are irate when they realize that Nicholas is squiring Sara about town, and when they catch the two in a compromising position, they demand that they marry. Will Nicholas give up his rakish ways for Sara and, even if he will, is Sara willing to marry a man whom she's sure will be possessive and worse, will surely endanger her vulnerable heart? Author Karen Hawkins has a way with witty repartee and this fast-paced battle of the sexes is Regency romance at it's best. There's nothing quite so much fun as a tale of a strong-willed woman taming a bad-boy hero. Don't miss this one. --Lois Faye Dyer
MarchRose (Italy) (2014/05/13):
from the back cover:
She Needed a Husband
When the Earl of Bridgeton England’s most notorious rake, strides into the ballroom, Lady Sara Carrington immediately plans to lure him onto the terrace. The willful beauty’s brothers want to marry her off to some stodgy old man to curb her wildness, so she’s determined to find her own husband – one who won’t care what she does. Nick is not only indecently handsome and irresistibly charming; he’ll also be absolutely perfect.
He Wanted a Mistress
Never has Nick received a more tantalized proposal—but because of his past, he’s sworn never to marry. Instead, he agrees to give the innocent chit instruction in the art of seduction to help her plan to succeed.
But when “demonstration” kisses become burningly real, and Sara turns the tables by applying her lessons to him, the infamous rake is in danger of falling in love…with the miss he’d only meant to bed!