Truly different Victorian romance
Those who have read Kleypas' Wallflower and Hathaway series may think you know how this book will go. Although set in the same time frame, as her other books, it is vastly more "modern" in plot. Amanda Briars, 30 and firmly a spinster, has decided to hire a man for her 30th Birthday as a gift to herself. The man who arrives, Jack Devlin, is not who he seems. And although the hired man does not fulfill his hired obligation (nor could he as he was not in fact hired to deflower) they cross paths again and again. She is a writer of some notable fame and he a very accomplished and successful publisher (and acknowledged bastard son of an Earl). Their longing, their interactions, their restraint, and their passion is better written than most of Kleypas' novels. She is no shrinking virgin and he no overly experienced rake. They are both individuals with notable insecurities and emotional baggage. Very good story.
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