RIPE FOR SEDUCTION
For her third in the League of the Second Sons, Carr delivers not one, but two love stories that will charm and titillate readers. It’s intriguing that, at times, the more mature romance overshadows the younger couple’s love story, but it is the underlying passion in both, as well as the marvelously crafted backdrop, that holds readers’ attention. You will be easily drawn into the naughty and bawdy era through Carr’s deft prose.
After the scandalous end of her marriage, Lady Olivia wants nothing to do with society. One drunken night Lord Roland Devere wagers he will be the first into Olivia’s bed and pens her a scandalous note. Though shocked, Olivia “blackmails” Roland into becoming her pretend fiancé. Once he jilts her she’ll be free to pursue a quiet life in the country. But Roland’s not ready to fall so easily into her trap. Meanwhile, his sister and Olivia’s father strike up an unexpected accord and a old flame tries to overturn Olivia’s plan. Who could anticipate the complications of falling in love? (FOREVER, Dec., 352 pp., $7.99)