Prim Sabrina Edgewater, teacher of deportment, first encounters the rogue during a London dockside brawl that earns him the nickname, the "Texas Viscount." Personally, she thinks of him as the "Texas Visigoth," never dreaming that the barbarian is the Earl of Hambleton's heir.
Raised in a Texas bordello, Joshua Cantrell, a former Rough Rider, is brash and bold, a self-made millionaire who only allows Teddy Roosevelt to talk him into becoming a viscount in order to stop an international conspiracy. He doesn't need to be locking horns with a prissy little schoolmarm, even if she is as pretty as an acre of speckled pups.
Wild Texan and proper Englishwoman strike sparks off each other whenever they meet. Then the wily Lord Hambleton makes Sabrina an offer she cannot resist. He will fund the charity school she has always dreamed of opening. In return, she must take the rough edges off his heir, a task Sabrina believes can only be accomplished with a mallet and chisel. As she dares to risk her reputation in order to achieve her heart's desire, Sabrina comes to realize that her heart's desire is not the school, but the wild and wooly Texan.
About the Author
Shirl has been a RITA finalist twice, and has won three Career Achievement Awards, an Industry Award and three Reviewer’s Choice Awards from Romantic Times.
“I wrote my first twenty-two novels in longhand with a ballpoint pen—it’s hard to get good quills these days,” she says. Dragged into the twenty-first century by her son Matt, a telecommunication specialist, Shirl now uses two of those “devil machines.” Another troglodyte bites the dust. Please visit her at www.shirlhenke.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
President Teddy Roosevelt worries about a Russian plot against the United States so he sends self made Texas millionaire Josh Cantrell, heir to an English Earldom, to England to learn what he can amidst the aristocracy. Josh meets Lady Sabrina Edgewater, who needs money to go to school. They cut a deal. He will pay her to teach him to behave like a gentleman so he can gain entry anywhere amongst the upper crust................................. Though on a mission that he has not lost sight of, Josh enjoys shamming Sabrina into believing he is a red neck cowboy. In fact, he knows how to behave in any circle, but is having so much fun with Sabrina he cannot resist tricking her. However, as they fall in love and his presidential assignment places her in danger, Josh knows he is not fooling around when it comes to Sabrina¿s safety.............................. This entreating early twentieth century romance brings to life the beginning of the end of the aristocratic rule of England though the antics of the lead couple. He is a brash American while she is a Lady in need of money to attend school as a means of bettering herself. The story line is at its best when Josh pretends to be a bonehead because he enjoys teasing his beloved after meeting her during a dock side brawl. The late intrigue adds tension, but seems unnecessary as the cast makes this a wonderful historical tale of manners................................. Harriet Klausner