What's a gentleman to do when a lady demands that he seduce her?
Jarrod, fifth Marquess of Shepherdston, gets the shock of his life when childhood friend Sarah Eckersley shows up on his doorstep one rainy night with a tempting proposition. The daughter of the village rector, Sarah is desperate for money and has decided that becoming a courtesan is her only hope for saving her family. And she wants Jarrod to teach her the art of seduction.
As the leader of the Free Fellows League, Jarrod is wary of a marriage trap. He agrees only to help Sarah find a husband--but soon finds himself bristling at the thought of any other man touching her creamy skin or kissing her luscious lips.
He reluctantly offers Sarah a marriage of convenience, in which he will be hardly a husband--until his heart decides otherwise...
Book 3 of the "Free Fellows League" Series, which includes BARELY A BRIDE, MERELY THE GROOM, HARDLY A HUSBAND, TRULY A WIFE, A BACHELOR STILL and CLEARLY A COUPLE (a novella from TALK OF THE TON)
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About the Author
She’s won a Waldenbooks Award, a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award, several Romantic Times awards, been nominated for an RWA Rita Award and has been published in nine languages.
She currently lives in Georgia with her husband, her two beloved Quarter Horses, and a miniature schnauzer named after literary icon Harper Lee.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
OF THE FOUR BOOKS IN THE FREE FELLOWS SERIES THIS IS THE POOREST. IT STILL REQUIRES READING AS THE BOOK FLOWS FROM THE FIRST 2 AND INTO THE FOURTH. CHARACTORS REMAIN VISABLE IN ALL THE BOOKS SO IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO MISS ONE. ON A SENSUAL SCALE OF 1-10 THIS IS AN 8 AND A 0. AN 8 FOR TRYING AND A 0 FOR NEVER FINISHING.I HAVEN'T READ A ROMANCE BOOK WHERE THE COUPLE NEVER ACTUALLY MADE LOVE. THE STORY LINE IS OFTEN TOLD-FEMALE WANT TO LEARN HOW TO SEDUCE A MAN AND THE MAN TEACHES BUT BECOMES BECOMES SEDUCED-HO HUM. I AM FINISHED WITH THE 4TH BOOK AND IT IS A WINNER-THIS IS NOT.HOWEVER-3 OUT OF 4 WINNERS ISN'T A BAD RECORD.
Sarah awakens on day to find she is thrown out of the only home she has ever known. A local Lord wants to wed her and figures if he tosses her out of the parish home she will have to move in with him. But, Sarah convinces her 'guardian', the local magistrate to give her 30 days to find herself a husband--or one will be found for her. She has no intention of marrying the despicable Lord Dunbridge. She in fact sets out to either catch the man she has always loved or to become a courtesan. She sets out to London with her Aunt and approaches Earl Jarrod Shepherdston, her secret love to tutor her in seduction. Even though Sarah insists she only wants to be his lover and not his wife, Jarrod, who has forever sworn off marriage, still can't quite agree to her tempting yet troubling offer. But Jarrod doesn't want anyone else teaching her either. The story follows their growing relationship through duels, and Jarrod¿s realization maybe he is cut out for marriage. But, will he figure this out in time? This is a nice addition to the series and also sets up the start of the 4th book nicely.
Enjoyable read and a nice addition to this series but not as engaging as the first two, especially Colin and Gillian's story. However, I wouldn't have missed reading this third installment and am anxiously awaiting Daniel and Miranda's story!
Some Christians can be decidedly un Christian, as Sarah, the only daughter of a deceased minister learns when the new pastor's family arrives, kicking her and her widowed aunt to the curb without so much as a by your leave. Her only choices seem to be becoming a governess to the pastor's disagreeable progeny or marrying the last person on earth she wants to marry. However, a resourceful young lady is she, so she decides to go to London, but not to her supposed fiance'. Calling on the man she has had a crush on since she was five, Jarrod Shepherdson, she asks him to teach her to be a courtesan, never intending to be one, but using it as a ploy to gain his attention. It works, but slowly. In the meantime, while 'Jays' figures out that his vow to never marry is based on false presumptions, her 'intended' shows up, intent on marrying her, despite her protests. ......................................... **** This third Free Fellows Leauge book again is a good story of friendship, even more so than love. Light humor offsets a serious topic, creating a balanced harmony. ****
In 1793 the three preadolescent aristocratic heirs sign in blood the charter of the Free Fellow League, which includes amongst its rules not to marry unless there is no choice until they reach thirty. Instead Griffin Abernathy, Colin McElreath, and Jarrod Sheperdston plan to become England¿s greatest heroes. By 1813, three males in their mid twenties join the league while recently two of the founding fathers (BARELY A BRIDE Griffin Abernathy and MERELY THE GROOM Colin McElreath) have married. --- In 1813 Helford Green, England, the new Rector displaces Sarah Eckersley and her aunt without warning. Rather than beg, Sarah heads to London to ask her childhood friend Jarrod to train her into becoming a courtesan so she can earn a living. Jarrod refuses as he knows how innocent the daughter of a village vicar is, but is willing to help her avoid an undesirable marriage. However, he never expected to fall in love with Sarah, who has always unrequitedly loved Jarrod.--- Regency romance fans will enjoy the third Free Fellow League Regency romance starring two wonderful protagonists. Jarrod has been the ring leader of the bachelor club while Sarah is a sweet sensual young woman who has always left him gasping for air. The behavior of the new rector and his family appears outrageous, yet they add a social caste feel to the era. Fans will enjoy Rebecca Hagan Lee¿s latest fun tale even as the male members of the League in some ways seem interchangeable.--- Harriet Klausner