The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess Norgrave have always had the wildest of friendships. Best friends growing up, they bask in the pleasures the rich, opulent world that London has to offer, consuming drink and women at their leisure. But Norgrave has always been a step behind. Blackbern can best him at anything—playing cards, riding horses, and bedding women. So when the stunningly beautiful but innocent Lady Imogen Sunter strays across their path, both men agree a friendly competition for the lady's affections cannot hurt. But when Blackbern's feelings turn into something deeper and Lady Imogen's desire become clear, Norgrave will do anything to win the wager. Only one man can lay claim to Lady Imogen's heart…and one shocking act will change them all irrevocably…
PRAISE FOR ALEXANDRA HAWKINS:
“Wickedly sensual!”—Lorraine Heath, New York Times bestselling author
“Intoxicating…she leaves readers begging for more.”—Fresh Fiction
“Clever and passionate.”—Romance Junkies
Alexandra Hawkins has done it again!!! This book is the first in her new series and after reading this one I can honestly say that this is going to be another award winning series. I read everything that she writes whether it bears the name Alexandra Hawkins or AKA Barbara Pierce! This book is everything that a historical romance novel should be. A feisty heroine, a rake for a hero, a really bad villain, a great story with a plot that moves at a great pace, a beautiful love story, amazing sensual love scenes and a HAE. Alexandra is one of the authors who got me started reading historical romance when I came across a book called Tempting The Heiress by Barbara Pierce, which I still have, along with all her other books. She understands what the reader wants, and doesn't dumb down the writing because she knows her fans are intelligent and can handle sophisticated plots. This is a beautifully written love story where the two main protagonists go through some harrowing situations to get to their lovely HAE.