Marrying Jezebel

Marrying Jezebel

by Hillary Fields

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A famed Egyptologist's niece, the beautiful, outrageous Jezebel Montclair has her future all planned out—and those plans don't include letting her arrogant, sinfully handsome new guardian boss her around. Determined to remain free, she refuses to leave Egypt and submit to the life of a staid, proper English lady. So when Rafe tracks her down in Cairo, despite her nearly uncontrollable attraction to him she knows she must escape, or risk the madness she's always feared.


From the sun-baked deserts of an ancient land to the ballrooms and bedrooms of Regency London, a battle of wits, wills and glorious passion ensues. Yet only when it is nearly too late will this pair of defiant lovers realize that when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, their only choice is surrender—body, heart, and soul. . .

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ISBN-13: 9780312975678
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/15/2000
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.03(d)

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Marrying Jezebel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MARRYING JEZEBEL is filled with characters of depth and substance whose lives are lived as if every day is their last. Although the chemistry between Rafe and Jezebel burns a hole through the pages, there is much more to their relationship than physical attraction, and it is a treat to see how they bond emotionally and intellectually as well. The reader will also be captivated with the beautiful settings and vivid imagery Ms. Fields took such pains to create. A well-crafted adventure that sizzles with romance and passion, MARRYING JEZEBEL is entertainment at its best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Raphael 'Rafe' Sunderland, the Duke of Ravenhurst, has his perfectly enjoyable life of running his estates and taking his pleasures in London interrupted by news that he has been named as guardian to a friend's 20-year-old niece, Jezebel. Rafe had learned to take responsibility at an early age but, unlike his father, who worked himself to death, Rafe has learned to balance the duty with pleasure. He has close friends with whom he hunts and goes in search of willing ladies; they assiduously avoid going near marriage-minded mamas with their trembling virginal daughters in hand. But despite his frivolous side, Rafe takes his responsibilities seriously, and knows he must take Jezebel in. He and his friend, Damien Marksley, marquis of Rutledge, hatch a scheme to meet Jezebel's ship from Egypt (where she had lived with her uncle), spruce her up a bit (they imagine she must be a socially inept, unattractive bluestocking) under the tutelage of Rafe's widowed aunt, Lady Allison Mayhew, and pawn her off on an eligible but worthy bachelor on the marriage mart. In their alcohol-soaked brains, they figure that this tedious but necessary task should take a few weeks, tops. But Rafe quickly finds out that Jezebel is completely unpredictable. His first inkling comes when he watches the ship passengers embark and discovers Jezebel is not there. He quickly arranges passage to Egypt, worrying that the silly and witless Jezebel has gotten herself abducted or worse. But within an hour of embarking in Cairo, he catches his first glimpse of Jezebel--dressed in men's garb, smoking from a hookah and besting a local trader trying to sell her cheap goods in the bar where they are drinking. He's livid; he's also stunned to find that Jezebel is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. He soon finds that there is much more to Jezebel than simple good looks. When he introduces himself and asks her, '...let us see if that stunningly quick mind of yours can guess what I am doing here,' she replies cheekily, 'You've come to tour the pyramids?' Later, he can laugh at her outrageousness, but at the moment he only wants to throttle her. They finally reach an uneasy truce and agree to a wager wherein she will take him to see her world and show him she is competent enough to stay on her own in Egypt; if, at the end of that time, he agrees, he will leave her and arrange for her to gain her inheritance. Otherwise, they will both return to England, where he will put her on the marriage mart. Of course, Rafe has no intention of leaving her, not believing for a moment a young woman of her attributes will be safe in that sometimes uncivilized and volatile country. But he plays along, as she takes him to tour the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, and other sites that totally intrigue Rafe, who has never had much opportunity to travel. She has a secret agenda, however. Before her uncle died, he was spouting an unpopular theory about the ancient pharoahs. Since his death, she has continued his studies and is very near to proving his theory. Her plan is to take Rafe to the place where she needs to go in the course of their travels, and once she is able to prove her uncle's theory and no longer needs to stay in Egypt, disappear to another country and blessed freedom and anonymity. Unfortunately, there is instant sexual attraction between Rafe and Jezebel. He's torn by his need to be a responsible guardian, and his more powerful need to have her. Jezebel is just as mesmerized by him, having never met a man before who stirred her blood with a sideways glance or the sound of his voice. This is the complication that wreaks havoc on brings them together and tears them apart at the same time, as they each deal with the ghosts of their pasts. I loved Rafe--sexy, witty and capable at everything he attempts (well, there was that l
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hillary Fields has the same freshness and sensual sparks in MARRYING JEZEBEL as she did in her pirate adventure THE MAIDEN'S REVENGE. I enjoyed every moment of my adventure in Cairo and London in 1817-1818 with Jezebel and Rafe, two larger than life characters that make the pages sizzle with romance. Jezebel Montclair's uncle, an archeologist in Egypt, has died and made arrangements in his will for Raphael Sunderland, the duke of Ravenhurst, to be her guardian, something he had agreed to years ago and had forgotten all about. When Jezebel doesn't show up on the packet from Cairo, Rafe is worried, thinking anything could have happened to a young girl left on her own in Egypt. The duke, being the kind of man who is very responsible and a man of his word, sets off to see if she has run into any harm. Imagine his surprise when Jezebel is pointed out to him in a hotel bar conversing with two men, dressed in male garb. He is shocked beyond all, and at the same time he sees the most beautiful woman in the world when he approaches her table and she turns her gaze on him. She in turn sees a commanding figure of a man well over six feet tall, with glorious golden curls and very penetrating eyes. He demands that she go back to England with him and she refuses saying she has work of her uncle's to complete. As it turns out they can't get passage back to London for a while so Jezebel takes Rafe on a tour of the favorite spots so she can investigate some of the tombs and search out the information she needed. Jezebel is a very unusual woman and she leads the magnificent Rafe a merry chase. It's not too long before the attraction between Jezebel and Rafe turns into a burning desire and watch out for the fire! The two are always butting heads and there is a lot of misunderstanding between them between some periods of intense desire. Getting Jezebel out of Egypt is a lot harder than Rafe ever dreamed, and marrying Jezebel is almost impossible! I loved this story and want to read it again since I flew through it so fast the first time, and there are so many choice passages that I want to savor once again. The dialogue is snappy and fast-paced and the scenes in Cario are magical. Rafe and Jezebel are strong characters who light up the pages of the book with fire and humor. The secondary cast is clever and entertaining. I'd especially like to see a book for Rafe's best friend, Damien, Lord Marksley, a man who will make an excellent hero! All in all, this is an adventure of the heart and mind. Suzanne 'Wishing I Could Travel to Egypt and go Exploring with Jezebel and Rafe' Coleburn 'Hillary Fields is an author to watch! Her characters are golden and shiny bright, just like her writing. Don't miss this author.' Suzanne Coleburn, The Belles and Beaux of Romance
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hillary Fields delves deep into the inner lives of her characters, evocatively exposing their thoughts, hopes, and fears. The heroines of her stories are fiercely driven, fervent women. The heroes are gloriously handsome, tough, yet tender. Together her characters strike erotic fireworks that are magic to behold. Hillary Fields writes with flair and emotion, effectively surrounding her reader in a beautifully painted and detailed historical world. Ms. Fields' second novel features a powerful duke paired with a tempestuous archeologist! What could be better? MARRYING JEZEBEL is a love story brimming with passion, determination, and fiery desire. The richly drawn settings provide a glorious tapestry for adventure and the attraction between the hero and heroine fairly crackles. Don't miss this battle of wills and of hearts!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hillary Fields delivers a humorous tale of adventure and mayhem. Beautifully written and sinfully clever. In short, simply wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fresh, fun, and romantic! MARRYING JEZEBEL is an irresistible blend of passion and adventure - a reader's delight! Hillary Fields is fantastic!