Felicity Worthington’s cousin has bequeathed to her a profitable and lucrative business … a brothel. The only catch to receiving “the gift”, and avoiding poverty, is that she has 90 days to learn to be a madam, not only as a business owner but also the tricks of the trade.
After reading the back cover synopsis, I was motivated to read the book even though I’m not a huge fan of Regency romance. From the opening scenes to about midway through the book, I was very caught up in the characters, Felicity and Gareth. I thought they had a good banter and the romantic relationship was well developed and oh so steamy. Gareth had ambitions to be my new book boyfriend, handsome, charming, and knowledgeable – in vibrantly explicit terms. About halfway through the book, however, a new character was introduced and the plot swayed from the “training to run a brothel” aspect to include new intrigue. The author also added several outings that I didn’t feel really contributed to the overall flow of the book. I think that with these extras, the anticipation of the finality of “the business arrangement” between Gareth and Felicity was a little rushed and not as detailed as the prior encounters. The new character was tidily revealed in the last chapter as well an allusion to the couple that will star in the next installment.
This was my first time to read any of Grace Burrowes Lonely Lords series, but I did enjoy this book and have added the rest of the series to my TBR pile.
She's caught between a rake and certain ruin...
Felicity Worthington's only hope of avoiding poverty—or worse—is to accept her distant cousin's dubious bequest... a thriving, high-class brothel. Felicity has 90 days to convince her cousin's solicitors that Gareth Alexander has taught her the art of pleasing a man, though she's more interested in the gentleman she glimpses beneath Gareth's debauched airs, than in the rake he's become.
In the business of love...How much should he teach her?
Gareth Alexander, Marquis of Heathgate, has little incentive to help a spinster learn to manage a brothel—except that the alternatives for the prim, pretty Miss Worthington are even worse. His resistance to teaching Felicity how to be a madam leaves Gareth wondering if the honor he'd thought long dead still survives, and if that honor allows him to yield to the lady's ruinous scheme... and to their shared desires.
Once you enter the lush Regency world of award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes, you'll never want to leave.