by Anna Bennett.
A young woman moonlight kiss in the garden during a ball is just the beginning. Contrary to Miss Juliette Lacey's expectations, the erstwhile respectable Duke Nigel (the worm!) does not come a wooing. Instead he sends his rogue of a brother, Lord Samuel Travis, to evict her and her uncle from their home. The relationship between Nigel and Sam is really a key to Sam's behaviour.
Entranced by Juliette, the rogue in Sam finds himself wanting Juliette, but the suppressed Sam wants a chance to change his path. There are some deliciously wicked moments and some humorous ones. Uncle Alistair is a wonderful character. He won my heart with his platypus exchange with a hide bound member of the Royal Society. (The science community did repudiate that such an animal could exist when it was first reported.) Uncle's investigations of the Thames River are also a rather stunning inclusion. A man ahead of his times!
So we have the respectable yet devious brother, the reckless rake seeking to reform and the redoubtable young woman who wants so much more.
The Lacey sisters do indeed have a way with them. Juliette's story is bravely done.
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