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Continuing her irresistible Royal Brotherhood Series, bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries introduces the third of three half-noble half brothers the brashest rogue in all of London.
Proper Lady Christabel, the Marchioness of Haversham, is desperate to regain some letters that could destroy her so desperate that she pretends to be the mistress of notorious gaming-club owner Gavin Byrne to accompany him to a scandalous house party where she can reclaim them. But when she agreed to let Byrne coach her on how a true mistress behaves, she never suspected how very...persuasive his wicked lessons would be.
Gavin is secretly determined to find the letters himself and use them for revenge against the noble sire who abandoned him to grow up in London's worst slums. He's also delighted at how very successful his mistress lessons are: it won't be long before the luscious young widow is in his bed. But when Christabel catches Gavin in his own seductive net, he faces a difficult choice: to wreak the vengeance he's planned all his life, or to protect the woman he may to his own astonishment need more than revenge.
In Jeffries's engaging third entry in her Royal Brotherhood series about three fictional illegitimate sons of England's Prince Regent, impoverished widow Christabel, the Marchioness of Haversham, must recover a set of letters that could send her father to the gallows and bring scandal on the prince. To do so, the spirited but na ve young woman needs the aid of an unregenerate rake, men's club owner Gavin Byrne. Though he stands to gain a title if he helps Christabel secure an invitation to a gambling house party where the letters may be found, Gavin is primarily motivated by his grudge against the princely father who rejected him and blackened his mother's name. Thrown into conflict from the start by their divergent goals and world views, the two find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other, which makes for some steamy love scenes. Fortunately, Jeffries (To Pleasure a Prince; In the Prince's Bed) not only beguiles readers with scenes of passion and vivid characters but steadily builds the story's tension to an exciting conclusion. The details of gambling, mistresses and scandalous conduct further enrich the tapestry against which this emotionally satisfying story plays out. Jeffries's readers will be royally pleased. Agent, Pam Ahearn. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.