When Thorn Dautry, the bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife, he enlists Lady Xenobia India to help make him over into a more civilized man, unaware of the passion that will explode between them. Original. - (Baker & Taylor)
The next fabulous romance by New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James.
Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.
Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.
But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.
Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.
But there is only one thing that will make India his . . . the one thing Thorn can't afford to lose . . . his fierce and lawless heart.
*Starred Review* Thorn Dautry doesn't need an interior design consultant; he needs a miracle worker. At least, that is Lady Xenobia India St. Clair's initial assessment when Thorn's stepmother, Eleanor, hires India to redecorate Starberry Court, the rundown country estate Thorn has recently purchased. Thorn is certain that his acquisition of Starberry Court will convince Laetitia Rainsford to accept his offer of marriage. India is equally convinced that if the ramshackle country estate doesn't scare Laetitia away, Thorn's own rough-around-the-edges appearance (not to mention his ancestry) will certainly do the trick. However, Eleanor is one of her dearest friends, and India has never yet backed down from a challenge. So, if all she has is three weeks to transform Starberry Court into a properly running home and turn Thorn into a civilized gentleman, India will just have to make it work. This tale is loosely linked to RITA Award–winning James' popular Desperate Duchesses series (Thorn is the son of the Duke of Villiers, the hero of A Duke of Her Own, 2009), and her gift for creating complex, richly layered characters pays off with spectacular dividends in her latest scintillating and exquisitely written historical novel, a romantic tour de force. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
Thorn Dautry, wealthy businessman and acknowledged bastard son of the Duke of Villiers, needs a well-born wife to insure his future children's social acceptance. Unfortunately, with his mudlark childhood roots (retrieving lost valuables from the Thames) and fortune made in trade, he's no gentleman by ton standards. He definitely needs help, and there is no one better to get his new country estate whipped into shape and make him marriageable than sought-after interior stylist and organizational consultant Lady Xenobia India St. Clair. But can she do it in three weeks? And can she keep the passion that flares between them from engulfing them both? VERDICT Sharp, smart protagonists, dazzling in everything but love, eventually sort things out in this witty, deliciously sexy charmer that reprises some favorite characters from James's "Desperate Duchesses" series and leaves the door open for more tales of Villiers's kids. James (Once upon a Tower) lives in the New York City area. [See "Editors' Spring Picks," LJ 2/15/14.—Ed.]
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