Nine years ago, Richard Allen fled England and his controlling father. Determined to live his own life, he took to the sea and settled in the Caribbean, joining a band of treasure-hunting pirates and adopting the persona of a carefree, seductive Frenchman named Jean Paul to guard the secrets of his past. When he slips back into England to carry out an urgent task, Richard becomes infatuated with a married woman, Georgina Malory. But his reckless attempt to woo Georgina at a masked ball turns out to be the worst mistake of his life because it brings him face to face with another beautiful woman.
Thrilled that her solicitors have finally come up with a way to free her from her betrothal contract to the Earl of Manford’s son who abandoned her years ago, heiress Julia Miller is ready for the marriage mart and hopes to find that perfect someone at her friend Georgina’s ball. Charmed by a masked Frenchman who gives her her first kiss, she can’t help but pursue this mysterious man—until she makes a shocking discovery. Now, to avoid falling into a ruthless nobleman’s trap, Julia must enter a risky, intimate charade with a man she never believed she could love.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I was so excited when I saw this book on the shelves at the grocery store. I love the Malory series and was desperate for another book! I was not disappointed. True this book is just loosely connected to the Malory's but they are still in the book quite a bit. Julia Miller lives down the street from 'George' and they are friends. Julia is connected with Richard through a betrothal contract made when she was a toddler and they hate each other so much Richard leaves at age 17, or so you think. Through out the book you find out Richard didn't have anything against Julia except his dad picked her for Richard. Richard wanted to live his own life and fought his dad at every turn to get some control of his life. This book is as much about Richard finding his freedom as loosing it to Julia. I enjoyed the journey, like I do all of Johanna Lindsey's Malory books. Pick it up and see what you thin