Synopses & Reviews
The romantic escapades of the irrepressible Wylder sisters continue in Isabella Bradford’s fun, charming, and breathtakingly passionate series—as the wildest of the Wylders turns an arranged marriage into a game of desire to tame a wayward duke.
Notorious for her free-spirited antics, Lady Elizabeth Wylder revels in attention—but not the sort that leaves her humiliated when her future husband, the Duke of Hawkesworth, fails to appear for their much-anticipated first introduction.
So when a chance encounter leads to a sizzling kiss with a dangerously handsome stranger, she nearly succumbs. The shock of finally meeting her betrothed only to come face to face with her rakish would-be seducer inspires fury—and fans the flames of a fire that both Lizzie and the Duke acknowledge is a most agreeable way to start a marriage. In her husband’s arms, Lizzie knows she has found love. But is the passion that accompanies endless nights of erotic discovery enough to persuade a duke whose scandalous lineage and lifestyle prevent him from giving his heart completely?
"Bradford's second Wylder sisters novel (after When You Wish upon a Duke) brings an unusual twist to a Victorian-era arranged marriage. Hawke, the duke of Hawkesworth, has returned to England after a 10-year absence to wed his longtime betrothed, which he must do before she turns 19 in order to keep his fortune. When he is formally introduced to Lady Elizabeth Wylder, his fiancÃ©e, they are shocked to realize they have already met and shared a forbidden kiss at a masquerade. Their rush to wedded bliss is filled with daring alluring sexual encounters and clever banter, but Hawke's refusal to believe in long-lasting love threatens to destroy their happiness. Lizzie is a plucky heroine whose naÃ¯vetÃ© about marriage is smartly juxtaposed with Hawke's cynicism. Though the angst between the lovers occurs somewhat late in the novel, Bradford's otherwise expert pacing and thorough character development will leave readers eager for the third installment in this delightful series. Agent: Annelise Robey, Jane Rostrosen Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Isabella Bradford is a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott, the award-winning author of more than forty historical novels and historical romances. Her bestselling books have been published in nineteen countries and translated into fourteen languages with more than three million copies in print. Bradford also writes as half of the Two Nerdy History Girls, an entertaining history blog that is also on Twitter and Pinterest. She is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her family outside of Philadelphia.