What a Woman Needs
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From award-winning author Caroline Linden comes a dazzling tale of seduction, intrigue, and unexpected lessons in love…
Charlotte Griffolino knows a rake when she sees one—and the man her niece longs to marry most definitely qualifies. Stuart Drake is handsome, charming—and penniless. That he is interested in more than Susan’s considerable inheritance is highly unlikely. That he will be immune to Charlotte’s allure is even more unlikely…
With a Viscount title in his future, Stuart expects it shouldn’t be difficult to marry an heiress. Still, once he meets Charlotte, how hard will it be to charm her? Quite, actually. Now Stuart has only one option: to take revenge on her through seduction. But learning what this woman needs might only leave him hungry for more…
A Good Read
Stuart Drake’s father has cut him off due to his scandalous behavior. He is not a saint, but the gossip is overblown. He needs money to take care of his estate, and decides the quickest way to get it is to wed an heiress. He finds one in Susan Tratter, but he must convince the girl’s old crone of a guardian aunt to allow the marriage. Well first, the guardian is not an old crone; she’s a beautiful widow. Second, Aunt Charlotte knows a fortune hunter when she sees one, and she sees one in Stuart. She’s right, of course, but Stuart doesn’t like what he is doing, but he is desperate. A battle of wits ensues, and before it is over, Stuart and Charlotte have fallen in love, Susan has found a new beau, and is kidnapped and held ransom for a treasure he believes Charlotte has.
This is a good story, a wonderful romance with some scandal, some gossip, and a mystery woven in. Stuart and Charlotte are strong likeable characters, and they have great chemistry. They both have troubled pasts and need to overcome them. My favorite secondary character is Charlotte’s companion, Lucia. She adds a little perspective to Charlotte’s dilemma and a bit of humor to the story. The interaction between Stuart and Charlotte and the mystery of the treasure keep the reader interested start to finish. The ending will surprise you. A good read.