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Hoping to make a suitable match before word of a London scandal reaches the house party she is attending, the lovely but orphaned and penniless Cynthia Brightly is offered a surprising bargain by her aristocratic host. Entomologist Miles Redmond will protect her secrets and supply her with the information to help her find a suitable husband if she will give him one kiss. That simple gesture, however, is more than either had expected. What is expected is that Miles will court a rich, well-connected heiress while Cynthia considers a wealthy widower, but love has a way of changing things. References to insects and arachnids of all types add an intriguing touch to this beautifully written, exquisitely sensual story that features a host of exceptionally well-developed secondary characters and a pair of unforgettable protagonists. This latest in Long's tales featuring the Eversea and Redmond families is a delightful, urbane, and witty story that readers will savor. Long (The Perils of Pleasure) is a rising star among historical romance writers; she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.