Original Publication Year:1987
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Briony Langland knew she wsa expected to take her place in England’s polite society. But the straight-laced Quaker miss had no patience for London’s constant social whirl of balls, soirées, and the dashing young blades who flocked around her. And when the arrogant Lord Ravensworth mistook her for a poor relation and made her a shockingly indecent proposal, Briony was furious. No matter that his daring advances set her pulses racing in a very unvirtuous fashion, Briony was deteremined to take the handsome libertine down a peg or two, and pay him back in his own coin.
A young Quaker miss was not supposed to be interested in dancing and other diversions of the haute ton. That’s why Briony Langford meekly went to bed the night her new guardians held a ball in their fashionable mansion in Richmond. But when sleep wouldn’t come, a visit to the library for something to read seemed perfectly proper. What wasn’t proper at all was the interrupting the amorous rendezvous of a highborn lady and that notorious rake, Hugh Montgomery, Marquess of Ravensworth. And even less proper was the searing kiss exchanged between the innocent young girl and worldly man. What follows this provocative encounter is fast-paced frolic wherein the dishonorable intentions of a confirmed bachelor are gradually transformed into an ingenious scheme to trap his newfound love into marriage. — Melinda Helfer, Romantic Times
. . . a merry romp that blends chuckles and sensual romance to great effect.