On a splendid August afternoon, Susanna Osbourne is introduced to the most handsome man she has ever seen...and instantly feels the icy chill of recognition. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, is utterly charming - and seemingly unaware that they have met before. With his knowing smile and seductive gaze, Peter acts the rake; but he stirs something in Susanna she has never felt before, a yearning that both frightens and dazzles her. Instantly, she knows this brash nobleman poses a threat to her heart and to the secrets she guards so desperately.
From the moment they meet, Peter is drawn to Susanna's independence, dazzled by her sharp wit; he simply must have her. But the more he pursues, the more Susanna withdraws - until a sensual game of thrust-and-parry culminates in a glorious afternoon of passion. Now more determined than ever to keep her by his side, Peter begins to suspect that a tragic history still haunts Susanna. And as he moves closer to the truth, Peter is certain of one thing: He will defy the mysteries of her past for a future with this exquisite creature. All Susanna must do is trust him with the most precious secret of all....
Contains mature themes.
©2007 Mary Balogh (P)2016 Tantor
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"Best so far"
I have read three of the four books in this series and liked them all but this one I loved. Mary Balogh's romances are not full of angst but just full of love and other deep emotions, which makes the characters very appealing and the books easy to enjoy.
Very enjoyable, sweet, intriguing, and passionate . Most importantly more realistic than many historical romances. I definitely recommend. Well written and as always love the narrator.
"Big build up to a nothing ending."
All the possibilities were there, interesting characters, plot potential...but it didn't happen! The selfish , witchy mother should have got her come-uppance.
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