From Inside Cover: Miss Henrietta Tallant met the Duke of Eversleigh for the first time at a ball--when she tripped over her own feet in a waltz and stumbled over her own words in conversation. Then he appeared again--in her drawing room.
"Miss Tallant," he said, in a languid tone that belied his clear strength of person and authority of bearing, "I can see it is useless to try to make polite small talk with you. I shall get immediately to thepoint. Will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?"
Henry's jaw dropped. "Your wife?" she said faintly.
"I have taken you by surprise, I see," said the Duke. "Should I have paved the way more carefully by falling on my knees and declaring undying love and devotion? I can still do so if you wish."
Henry stood frozen. She had only to say yes to possess everything any young lady could want...any young lady but her.....
I loved this book. One of my Balogh favorites and goes in my "Do not depart with" file. I like how we can tell from the get go that the Duke is in love with Henry, even though he is a quiet man, and not overly demonstrative. He is always very gentle in his guiding of Henry. She is delightful, very likeable. Her extended family is quite a trip too, and I love how Everleigh takes it all in stride. Good Read.
Loved this one --- I don't always like her older ones as much but this one was good -- Interesting hero who while silent, you could still tell was enamoured with the heroine -- Of course a cad is involved as well, a brothers and a sister. Quite interesting - I'd recommend.
Tomboyish Henrietta Tallant recklessly wagers her beloved horse that she will entice the toplofty Marius Devron, Duke of Eversleigh, into proposing marriage within six weeks. But unknown to her, the duke, hitherto a confirmed bachelor, has also made a wager--that he will choose a bride and marry within the month.