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SCANDAL OF THE YEAR
by Olivia Drake

Genre: Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: 1800s England

2011 Historical K.I.S.S. Hero Nominee

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The final installment of the Crompton sisters’ trilogy is as charming, sweet, humorous and poignant as any of Drake’s previous books. Marked by her fine storytelling and engaging characters, this volume stands alone, but fans familiar with the series will revel in the conclusion.

Blythe Crompton’s sisters are happily married and she longs to wed herself. She would marry for a title to please her parents, and the older Duke of Savoy could be the perfect husband, except for his jealous daughter. But when she befriends the new footman, James, Blythe begins dreaming of something other than being a duchess; she yearns for love.
James is not the simple servant he appears. He is James Ryding, heir to the Crompton fortune, who is determined to prove that Blythe’s parents are imposters who have stolen his inheritance. By posing as a footman he hopes to uncover their perfidy. Instead he falls into helping Blythe catch the duke. He agrees with her preposterous plan that he pose as a prince of a small country and woo the duke’s daughter, making it possible for the duke to woo Blythe. Yet, the heat between them rises and one kiss leads to another. But the evidence James uncovers could tear them apart. (ST. MARTIN’S, Mar., 400 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: ST. MARTIN’S

Published: March 2011

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