"She’s lovely, with a peaches and honey glow and a wickedly devastating smile, an intellect a cut above her peers, and perhaps the wealthiest heiress in the country. He’s darkly handsome, all chiseled angles and fine bones, a faint aura of citrus and sandalwood, a tendency towards few words, and plenty of money of his own.
These two really should meet, and they do when Lady Frances Rathmere literally fishes Jack Slade, Marquess of Streatham, out of the river on her estate. Their relationship, begun under such untoward—and certainly unromantic—circumstances, progresses in a fashion that would horrify the denizens of society in early Regency London and
This is a historical romance in the best sense of the genre. Jen Black has captured the setting of the
This is not a formulaic Regency tale with a trite reliance on stilted drawing room manners and silly encounters in all the usual places with all the usual people. Instead, it’s a story with enough twists and unpredictable turns to make you dizzy, while Frances and Jack will alternately endear themselves to you and drive you crazy. In any event, you won’t be able to forget these two or their story.
A useful hint: don’t begin to read this book until you know you’ll suffer no ill effects from reading throughout the night. I learned this the hard way."
Margaret Scott Chrisawn, Ph.D
Reluctance will be published in April 2012 by MuseItUp Publishing