Viscount Aubrey "Stony" Wellstone is at the end of his rope-and the end of his family's once-great fortune. Desperate, he tries his luck at the gaming tables, where an offer to exchange his debts for a gentlemanly favor leads to a profitable new profession...as an "honorable escort" accompanying the cream of the ton. The fiercely independent, flame-tressed Miss Ellianne Kane would normally have no use for an upper-class attendant-even one as striking as Stony-but she needs Aubrey's help. Will Aubrey prove to her that there is far more to him than want of money?
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RITA Award–winner Metzger's trifle of a Regency presents a truly charming hero, when he can be spotted through the larded-on argot of the period ("nipfarthing," etc.). Viscount "Stony" Wellstone has a glamorous title but no money to restore his ruined home and no employable skills, even though he's willing to stoop to trade. He hits upon the scheme of becoming an escort-for-hire, leaving bored husbands and fathers to their clubs while he dances, dines and charms the young ladies of London. Ellianne Kane, a banker's daughter, wouldn't normally move in Stony's circles, but money opens many doors, and she hires him to be her guide to the mysteries of society. She's looking for a husband, not for herself but for her younger sister, who wrote cryptically of a new love before disappearing from town. Naturally, Stony's initial horror at Ellianne's merchant background and her completely improper family turns to fondness, and she's similarly attracted to the staunch heart underneath Stony's foppish ways. The novel is at its best when Stony and Ellianne are braving London's ballrooms and theaters—the two have good chemistry and the plot has an Ugly Duckling charm—but readers will likely be bored by the thin mystery and its weak conclusion.
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Left with no funds in the family coffers, and a young, stylish stepmother to support, the viscount Wellstone needs money fast. When a friend offers to pay handsome "Stony" to escort his wife's younger sister to a ball, a career is launched. The charming viscount becomes London's hottest Town Beau, although the women he escorts never know he's with them for a fee. Then Stony gets a note with 100 pounds from Ellianne Kane, who wants his services for her and her aunt. Ellianne doesn't want to go to balls, or associate with a rake like Stony, but she does need to find her missing sister, and Stony is her only ticket into the ton. Humor and adventure abound as this man and woman, who seem, at first glance, absolutely wrong for each other, begin to fall in love. With her likable and scrupulous rogue, no-nonsense heroine, an aunt who swears so much everyone pretends she's a parrot, and the world's most religious butler, Metzger has written another captivating tale of Regency England. Shelley Mosley
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Descrizione libro Signet, 2004. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110451210417
Descrizione libro Signet, 2004. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0451210417