Series: Scoundrels, #3
Published by Avon on January 1st 1970
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Tough-minded Jessica Trent's sole intention is to free her nitwit brother from the destructive influence of Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain. She never expects to desire the arrogant, amoral cad. And when Dain's reciprocal passion places them in a scandalously compromising, and public, position, Jessica is left with no choice but to seek satisfaction ...
Damn the minx for tempting him, kissing him ... and then forcing him to salvage her reputation! Lord Dain can't wait to put the infuriating bluestocking in her place --- and in some amorous position, And if that means marriage, so be it! --- though Sebastian is less than certain he can continue to remain aloof ... and steel his heart to the sensuous, headstrong lady's considerable charms.
I laughed myself through the pages at this very off-centre Regency story of caricatures that seems to have a very modern twist when it comes to behaviour and social sensibilities. I was surprised and rather impressed by Jessica’s forwardness, inventiveness and wit and greatly amused by Dain’s exasperated responses to her. There’s of course, the prerequisite abused past that explains Dain’s monstrous behaviour that goes from bad to unspeakable but never did I really feel overwrought by angst; instead, this turned out more light-hearted (albeit a little odd and strange at times) than I thought it would be.