Amelia Grey spins a delightful tale with this Historical Romance. The Duke of Hawksthorn is an imposing hero, a man used to getting exactly as he wishes while Miss Loretta Quick is a young woman not used to getting anything she has ever wanted. Watching the two of these from their first meeting was highly entertaining. I loved witnessing them matching wits and their banter kept me flipping the pages to see what they would say next. I believe I admired Loretta's straightforward attitude as much as Hawk did. The chemistry between these two almost short circuited my ereader. This was such a character driven story and these two did not let me down. They could have easily stepped into any time period or location and have been just as stunning. But the subtle background descriptions and the restrictions of the time added to the situation and reinforced both of their actions. I enjoyed this story and would tell Regency fans not to miss out on this one.
The Story: Miss Loretta Quick might have retired to the country but she's no retiring young miss as the Duke of Hawksthorn can attest to when he unexpectedly finds himself in a disagreement with her. Now the battle is on. Who will be the victor or can they both win in this game of love?
There may be times when a gentleman is desperate to gain a lady’s attention, but a gentleman would never resort to desperate measures to obtain it.
—A Proper Gentleman’s Guide to Wooing the Perfect Lady
Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn is guardian for his sweet, younger sister. Due to his misguided past as one of the infamous Rakes of St James, Hawk is hoping to avoid the Season by securing a match for her before it begins. He has the perfect gentleman in mind, but for one infuriating—and unexpectedly intoxicating—obstacle: the intended groom’s own sister, Miss Loretta Quick.
Having narrowly avoided her own arranged marriage to an unacceptable nobleman, Loretta is determined that her dear brother—a gentle, good-natured soul—should marry for love. Matching wits with Hawk may be her greatest challenge yet. . .until she realizes it may also be her greatest pleasure. For the young duke’s irresistible charm has not only begun to crumble her stubborn resolve, it has claimed her heart in true love as well. . .