When a charming rogue proposes she marry him to meet her grandmother’s ultimatum, the Sharpe clan’s strong-willed sister makes a tempting counter-offer that preserves her inheritance and ignites his imagination.
Lady Minerva Sharpe has the perfect plan to thwart her grandmother’s demands: become engaged to a rogue! Surely Gran would rather release her inheritance than see her wed a scoundrel. And who better to play the part of Minerva’s would-be husband than wild barrister Giles Masters, the very inspiration for the handsome spy in the popular Gothic novels she writes? The memory of his passionate kiss on her nineteenth birthday has lingered in Minerva’s imagination, though she has no intention of really falling for such a rakehell, much less marrying him.
Little does she know, he really is a covert government operative. When they team up to investigate the mystery behind her parents’ deaths, their fake betrothal leads to red-hot desire. Then Minerva discovers Giles’s secret double life, and he must use all the cunning tricks of his trade to find his way back into her heart.
As usual, this doesn’t come to a surprise that I loved this book as well. Minerva and Giles were superb together. One thing I really like about this book is that the hero actually does want to marry the heroin e from the start. Alright, so he doesn’t ‘love’ her, he’s fond of her and attracted to her and plus he hopes by marring her would get her to quit writing about her spy villain Rockton, but he does truly want to marry her regardless. Also Minerva has been in love with him since she was 9 years old, the very day he took her hand and told her everything was gonna be alright when her parents died.
Giles is a barrister, one of the best in England, but he is also a spy for the home office. By being a spy, he has many secrets, which he has to keep from people. He leads what you’d call a double life due to it, sneaking off at odd hours, gong to brothels and gaming halls just to gather information. His being secretive and withholding the truth from Minerva puts him in numerous hard places and even creates a small rift between them because it hurts her that he does not trust her enough to let her in fully.
Two of my favorite scenes were when Giles and Minerva were caught at the pond dozing when Giles awakens to Oliver peering over him with a murderous glare, going a rifle to his head and when Giles got jealous of coming home to find Pinter and his wife having a tete-de-tete.
Bother characters were outrageously funny, oh heck, all the Sharpes’ were. So far, every book has been down right witty, inducing me into many chuckles. I for one, cannot wait to get to Celia and Pinter’s book. Each time they come together, this is such tension between the two that I can smell something delicious brewing for them that awaits me. I just know it’s gonna be good, but first I have to see what’s in sore for dear ‘ol Gabe.