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In national bestselling author Kate Noble's “delectable and delightful”* historical romance debut, a pair of mismatched lovers unwillingly find themselves engaged in a most scandalous position…

Miss Gail Alton was not having a good day. Or a good year. First, she’s strong-armed into attending the Season as a foil to her beautiful sister Evangeline. Then, while riding her mare in the park, she gets toppled by a stuffy, self-important, too-handsome-by-half “gentleman” who has the audacity to blame her for their fall into the chilly lake! Little does Gail know that the very same man will soon be found in a compromising position with her sister...

Forced into asking for Evangeline’s hand in marriage, Maximillian, Viscount Fontaine, can’t take his mind off the irksome girl who threw him from his horse and who can match wits with him at every turn. He’s determined to follow through with his best intentions, yet he can’t deny that Gail makes him want to cast propriety aside—and whisk away the sister of his soon-to-be bride...

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From Publishers Weekly

Jan 14, 2008 – Recently returned to 1829 London after years spent abroad with their ambassador father, the two Alton sisters are preparing for their Season at least beautiful demure Evangeline is. Too tall, too outspoken and too intelligent Gail, however, views the prospect with horror. Escaping the household turbulence for a peaceful early morning ride in the park, Gail finds herself knocked into a lake when an overbearing, well-dressed gentleman, Maximillian, Viscount Fontaine, can't control his horse. Gail's temper flares when he blames her for the accident. She's justly upset, then, when he's seen kissing Evangeline in the family's moonlit conservatory during her debut ball. Since Max's father has ordered Max to find a wife in three months or be disinherited, the beautiful Evangeline suits as well as any woman, but surprise Max soon finds himself obsessed with witty Gail. All's well that ends well, but numerous overwritten passages and an incongruous subplot compromise the story's good humor.

Customer Reviews


Wow, what a great book! I literally could not put this book down. A must read if you enjoy historical romance.

4.5 Stars

Really cute storyline, one of the best story lines out there, as far as regency romance goes (at least, I haven't read anything too similar to it, and I haaave read quite a few)... But the ending (like too many other regency romances) was very abrupt, and somewhat unrealistic.

Cute book, nonetheless.

One of my favorites!

One of those you can read over and over.

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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Mar 04, 2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
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