Jillian Hunter has written a delightful novel full of fun and interesting characters. Harriet is not your typical lady, she's had a rather interesting past, but in a slightly MY FAIR LADY style she has been transformed from street trash into a gentlewoman. Griffin is not looking to settle down, yet. He's recently inherited a dukedom and now faces a society that believes he murdered his brother. While dropping off his niece to the most prestigious girls academy, he encounters a series of comical events, mostly revolving around Harriet. Passion quickly flares between them. What kind of future can there be for a duke and a reformed thief?
Griffin is related to the women that helped shape Harriet's future, lucky for her, they don't pay much attention to society nor its rules, and have no problems welcoming her into their fold when it becomes clear where Griffin's attentions lie. Griffin and Harriet are both very likable characters, and Ms. Hunter keeps the humor light and adds a bit of mystery and danger to keep her readers on their toes. I found Griffin's niece, Edlyn to be a delight, even in her whole morbid way. She had the whole Emo teenager thing going in full force, while I sympathized with her losses, I found humor in how she handled everyone and thing around her. I also liked revisiting with many of the Bocastle family members.
From London’s ballrooms to its sizzling bedrooms, award-winning author Jillian Hunter spins a seductive dance of desire and breathtaking romance.
Lord Griffin Boscastle has no intention of ending his glorious career as a rakehell now that he has inherited a dukedom. Still, there are responsibilities he must discharge before his pleasures resume, including finding a bride, and depositing his incorrigible niece at a relative’s academy outside London. It is at this so-very-proper finishing school that flame-haired instructress Harriet Gardner awakens in Griffin emotions so dangerously intoxicating that he must avoid her at all cost. Yet when Harriet finds work in the townhouse where Griffin resides, her presence tempts him at every turn.
Harriet has survived London’s streets far too long to let an arrogant duke woo a bride he doesn’t want when she desires him for herself, and she has seen too much of life not to recognize a man ripe for redemption. But just as Harriet finds the perfect cure for His Lordship’s devilish ways, a vindictive enemy intervenes, and the duke whom Harriet has plotted to save suddenly becomes her devoted protector.