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by Julia Quinn

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: 1816 England

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Alexander Ridgeley, Duke of Ashbourne, is surprised to discover that a violet-eyed young miss, disguised as a maid, is none other than Emma Dunster, niece of the Earl and Countess of Worth.

Alexander finds he enjoys the company of this intelligent, hoydenish and outspoken colonial.

Known throughout the ton as a man who cherishes his bachelorhood, Alexander has no desire to get married, but then neither does Emma-especially not to this complex, devilishly handsome man. But no matter how they try to deny it, their attraction remains strong. When a misunderstanding threatens their relationship, Emma is devastated, and it is only through love and trust that they can renew their true feelings.

For those readers who enjoy a lighthearted romance, SPLENDID is their cup of tea. Though the plot is not complex, Ms. Quinn delivers a fast-paced romance with a delicious flair for humor. SENSUAL (May, 396 pp., $4.50)

Reviewed By: Joan Hammond

Publisher: Avon

Published: May 1995

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Submitted by Robin in PA on May 23, 2010 - 6:52pm.

Alexander Ridgeley, the Duke of Ashbourne, has no plans to marry anytime soon. But when a redheaded American saves his nephew's life, he may have to rethink his plans. Emma Dunstan is everything Alex never thought a woman could be--smart, funny and brave. She's also a servant, completely unsuitable for a duke. Little does he know, but Emma is actually an American heiress visiting her cousins in London.

This is Julia Quinn's debut novel. The first half of the book was a little slow for me and tended to drag in places. The second half picks up the pace for an enjoyable story. My rating: 4.0 stars.