Synopses & Reviews
Fueled by the knowledge that notoriety is better than failure, witty, unconventional Josie does what no proper young lady shouldshe challenges fate. She discards her corset and flirts outrageously. She attends the horse races and allows an arrogant rakehell to whisk her behind the stables for a surreptitious kiss . . . and is caught!
She doesn't want to marry the young hellionbut who's to help? Her chaperone keeps disappearing for mysterious appointments; her guardian is on his wedding trip; and his friend the Earl of Mayne is too busy staring into the eyes of his exquisite French fiancÉe.
Can a marriage forced by stuffy convention and unwilling desire become the match of the season?
"In the final installment in her Four Sisters series (after Taming of the Duke), James tells the story of Josie, the only Essex sister yet unmarried. Nicknamed the 'Scottish Sausage' by a rejected suitor, Josie believes that no man will ever seriously court her because her figure is too ample. When Josie is insulted at a ball, Garret, earl of Mayne, whisks Josie back to his home where his friendly tutelage on attracting a man results in a fleeting moment of passion. But Garret is engaged to a beautiful, genteel French aristocrat, having abandoned his former rakish ways. As Josie begins attracting various suitors and Garret wrestles with his feelings for her, an intriguing subplot has the ton speculating on the identity of the 'earl of Hellgate,' whose scandalous, anonymous memoirs have been making the rounds. James is skilled at bringing her characters fully to life, gracing Josie's feelings of inadequacy and Mayne's false sense of love with the believable, individual quirks that draw them to each other. Engaging humor and steamy romance give this captivating regency a fine polish." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Labeled the "Scottish Sausage" after her first ball, a witty, unconventional Josie is determined to use her newfound notoriety, tempting fate by attending horse races, discarding her corset, and allowing an arrogant rogue to kiss her, until she finds herself trapped in an unwilling betrothal. Original.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Taming of the Duke concludes her series featuring the four Essex sisters who find love in Regency England. Witty, unconventional Josie Essex does what no proper young lady should do she challenges fate.
About the Author
Author of eleven award-winning romances, Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New Jersey. All her books must have been written in her sleep, because her days are taken up by caring for two children with advanced degrees in whining, a demanding guinea pig, a smelly frog, and a tumbledown house. Letters from readers provide a great escape!