When Christian Faraday wakes up in bed next to the wife of one his friends, he decides his life of pleasure seeking and debauchery has gone too far. He vows to make a change and leaves London to seek a new start. On the way to a friend�s country home, he narrowly escapes a serious carriage accident. The driver of the other vehicle is Merissa Cassell, a pert, no-nonsense country miss who disdains all noblemen. As she berates him for his carelessness, Christian is intrigued. He�s never before encountered any woman like this tart-tongued rector�s daughter.
Although she tells herself that she has utter contempt for the arrogant Londoner, Merissa can�t quite help how her body reacts to Christian�s dazzling blue eyes, imposing physique and lazy charm. Realizing she can hardly leave him to freeze by the side of the road, she takes him back to the family home. Christian expects spending the night at the Cassell�s simple farmhouse will be a tedious bore. Instead, he is touched by Merissa�s sister Elizabeth�s warmth and hospitality. And the more he is around Merissa, the more intensely he finds himself drawn by her fresh-faced prettiness and stunningly independent attitude.
He tells himself would be completely inappropriate to pursue an innocent young woman, a denial of his vow to change his wastrel ways. But then a family crisis forces Merissa to make a scandalous proposition, and Christian begins to realize that this isn�t one of his usual dalliances, but an affair that will turn everything upside down and change his life forever.
Previously published as A Rogue's Kiss under the pseudonym Molly Marcort.
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Christian Faraday crashes his horses and curricle into Merrisa's wagon. Since it is cold out and his one horse is injured she invites him to her home. Merrisa is not one to hold her tongue and Christian, being an earl, is not used to others saying what they think. He and Merrisa are attracted to one another but not in the same class so both think the best thing would be to stay away from the other but scandal follows Christian into the country and Merrisa goes to London to save her brother where Christian must rescue her. I liked Merrisa. She is sharp-tongued and feisty and takes on all. She may be afraid but she knows how to give a set down. I can see her in my mind going up against the roughest, toughest people. I chuckled at her as she often bests the rest. I liked Christian. He is all the negative things he thinks but Merrisa sees more in him, once she lets her prejudices slide (just a little.) Merrisa keeps Christian on his toes. I chuckled as the two of them went after each other. Elizabeth, Merrisa's sister, is a good foil for her. Their brother should be kicked where the sun don't shine. I enjoyed the story. It moved quickly and was fun. It shows the hypocrisy of the times. Keep it discreet and you can do anything. I like how Merrisa does help Christian with a certain problem. I would read this author again.