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by Sabrina Jeffries

Genre: Regency Period, Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: Regency England

2010 Innovative Historical Romance Nominee

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Jeffries' new series presents the Sharpe siblings, five rakish, roguish, scandalous members of the ton who must marry within the year or lose their inheritance. The author pulls out all the stops with a story combining her hallmark humor, poignancy and sensuality to perfection.

As the Marquess of Stoneville, Oliver Sharpe lives as a carefree rake, until his grandmother insists he wed or lose his income. He defiantly brings home an unsuitable fiancee -- one he finds in a brothel. American Maria Butterfield is in London tracking down her missing fiance. Following a lead, she ends up nabbed by Oliver and blackmailed into pretending to be his betrothed, but their charade unexpectedly turns into an explosive passion. With a little help from friends and family, love just might turn this rogue into a groom. (POCKET, Feb., 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: POCKET

Published: February 2010

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The Truth About Lord Stoneville

Submitted by Robin in PA on August 5, 2010 - 8:32pm.

Hester Plumtree is sick of her grandchildren's scandalous behavior and wants some great-grandchildren. So she tells them that they must each settle down and marry within the year, or she will disinherit them. Her oldest grandson, Oliver Sharpe, Marquess of Stoneville, believes that he can outwit his grandmother by bringing home a totally unsuitable fiancee in hopes she will back down from her threat. But as he is searching for someone to fulfill the role at a brothel, he stumbles across Maria Butterfield, an American who is in England searching for her missing groom-to-be. It isn't hard to get Maria to agree to pose as his fiancee. But it is very hard for Oliver to stick with his original plan not to marry anyone, when he is finding himself falling in love with Maria.

This is my first Sabrina Jeffries book and I loved it. The story was thoroughly entertaining and I enjoyed both the hero and the heroine. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. My rating: 4.5 Stars.