Tormented by a dark secret, Julian LeFevre, Duke of Claridge, is a notorious and dissolute rake. His half-hearted attempt to reform his character has left him bored to death. To relieve the tedium, he wagers a friend that he can mold any pretty trollop from the London streets into a lady who'll pass muster with the ton.
But Hannah Gregory is no biddable lump of clay. She has solemn gray eyes, a rebellious streak -- and is deaf from a long-ago accident. And although she conceals her real past, she can't conceal her attraction to the scoundrel who offers her a small fortune that could pay for a new medical treatment.
The charade might heal her, but it also might break her heart -- if she forgets that this dark and dangerous duke is well past the point of redemption.
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Other books by Eileen Putman: The Perfect Bride, A Passionate Performance
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**I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.** I am not sure how to describe this book - it is between 3.5 - 4 stars for me. I really wanted to like it, but some parts felt a little slow that I was able to put down, but was in no rush to finish. I did finish it only because I signed up to review it. Grammar-wise (I am not that great at it): It needs to be edited, but to me it wasn't that bad (My friends know how much I HATE misspellings. It makes me cringe like nails on a chalkboard). I am not sure if the sentence structure was correct throughout the story, but there were times I just said "Huh?" and had to reread sentences and was still confused and just gave up. It could also be there were words I didn't know, so I can't speak to if it was the correct usage. I wasn't too sure about the ending...I mean it's a romance novel everyone gets their HEA, but in the epilogue I was expecting it to be: one, five, or ten years later, but it wasn't *confused*. Hannah: I liked that she was very a strong and independent. For some reason though, I forgot her name when I was typing up this review and had to go look in the book. Julian - The duke was...eh. I mean he was "dastardly", but he didn't feel that "dastardly" (If that makes any sense). I wasn't as "into" him as Hannah was. I like it when I read a book and I like the main male lead as much as the female lead, hate the villain as much as the heroes, but no that was not the case. Lucy - There wasn't too much written about her (but I remembered her name), but I thought she was sweet in the middle-end it was cute. Charles - I liked him more than Julian, he was a nice guy who is so in love with Lucy it's cute (not a spoiler, because they talk about it practically in the beginning). Lady Huffington and Higgins - I really liked them (at first I didn't like them just like the Julian and Lucy), but after reading why they are the way they are it made me cheer them on. Overall a cute book, not something I would remember and read over and over though :(.
I enjoyed this book. I felt the characters were charming and had more personality than some in the previous Regency novels I've read. I did find it interesting that a woman taken from such a low caste in society would have needed so little formal training at the hands of her employer and that her knowledge had not been questioned. But then, that would have ruined an otherwise interesting take on the play Pygmalion. Overall, it was a fun romp through romance that tied up all loose ends quite tidily. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.