My attention was captured and ensured right from the first line in the short prologue little gems from Julian LeFevre, Duke of Claridge as he considered his lot, 'A reformed rake led a miserable existence ... This hair shirt he had am fully donned only left him itching to be rid of it.'
And rid himself he does with flair and subterfuge as he confronted his truth through the bottom of a brandy glass, 'He was a bastard at heart."
Despite the fact that I've read variations on this plot before I enjoyed this telling of a bet conceived to foist an unknown lady from a dubious background on the unsuspecting ton!
The bored and renown rake Julian LeFevre, Duke of Claridge, is the man who will offer up this Pygmalion transformation.
Hannah Gregory has a secret of her own. Suffering from hearing loss she is willing to enter into this plot to earn money to obtain a new form of treatment.
As Julian and Hannah are thrown together the tension between them is charged and perhaps Julian has taken on more than he conceived.