The characters in Cassandra Dean's Silk and Scorn grabbed me from the first pages, which include a short series of letters that establish their early disdain for each other, mostly born from their mothers' insistence the two should marry. When the two meet again, Dean manages, in a novella, to draw two rich, complicated characters, both of which you can't help but love, as much as they outwardly dislike each other. It's a delicious journey to see their loathing turn to attraction and more.
Dean has a gift for witty, sharp dialogue that makes the story jump off the page and tightens the pace. I loved the repartee between Sarah and Arthur. It kept me turning the pages, eager to devour this delicious story in one sitting.
Arthur Davenport and Sarah Wetherall don't like each other much. Their mothers always thought they should marry, but neither was too keen on that notion. When, years after their first acquaintance, Sarah finds herself in need of Arthur's legal services, the two clash and passion, and love, might be the unexpected result.
No matter how much their mothers wanted Sarah and Arthur to wed, Sarah had loathed him. However, circumstance and her late husband’s father conspire against her, and she is forced to turn to Arthur for help. Perhaps she needs his legal expertise, but she refuses to acknowledge how handsome her oldest foe has become…or her reaction to him.
His childhood nemesis is the last person Arthur Davenport expected to require his services. When a spurious claim against her late husband’s estate brings Sarah Wetherall to his door, he can’t refuse the pretty widow, no matter how much he wants to.
Thrown together by fate, will they discover there is a fine line between scorn and passion?