James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited, and love is out of the question. Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke's proposal. All she must do is: Be the perfect English rose (Ha!) Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns (blast Lady Dorothea's sylph-like figure) Charm and seduce a wild duke (without appearing to try) Keep said duke far, far from her heart (no matter how tempting) When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything...?ncluding her heart. Contains mature themes.
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"Beverley Crick's upper-crust British accents are spot-on for Bell's romance. In order to save her family, beautiful, feisty Charlene Beckett must pose as the half-sister she has never met to try to win the hand of James, the wicked but handsome Duke of Harland. Can she act the lady, seduce the man, and still keep her heart? Beverley Crick's upper-crust British accents are spot-on. Crick puts just the right amount of snootiness and righteous indignation in the voice of the plotting countess as well as indolence and ennui in the voices of the duke's male companions. An enjoyable light listen. A.C.P. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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