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Library Journal★ 04/15/2014
Five years ago, with her reputation in tatters thanks to a callous, privileged cad, American heiress Edie Jewell fled to England and struck a life-changing bargain with the world-traveling Duke of Margrave: her money to set his estates to rights in exchange for marriage and a promise he would leave England and never return. Edie thinks it's an unimpeachable plan—until a wounded, newly serious Margrave comes home, determined to accept his ducal responsibilities, start a family, and win Edie's love. Edie wants him to go, Margrave intends to stay, and the outcome depends on a wager—a single kiss freely given by Edie…and in only ten days. VERDICT A spirited yet emotionally fragile heroine and a resourceful hero find love in this flawlessly written, lushly sensual tale that balances sexual abuse issues with flashes of humor and treats readers to a beautifully depicted and tender courtship. (Of course, it always helps when the villain gets his comeuppance!) A thoroughly satisfying Victorian historical. Guhrke (When the Marquess Met His Match) lives in the Northwest.