After their mother's untimely death, Ava Fairchild, her sister Phoebe, and their cousin Greer discover their family's fortune is now under the control of their penny-pinching stepfather, Lord Downey. To avoid Downey's plan to marry them off to the first suitors who show up, Ava decides to find her own husband. Fortunately, Ava has already met the perfect candidate: Jared Broderick, the Marquis of Middleton. Tired of being pressed by his father to abandon his rakish ways and marry a respectable woman, Jared realizes that marrying Ava offers the perfect solution to his problems. What Jared gets, however, is a wife who isn't about to accept a mere marriage of convenience but rather a woman who will settle for nothing less than a marriage based on love. The first in a new series by the exceptionally entertaining London, this romance is another of her delectable combinations of superbly crafted characters, graceful writing, and sinfully sexy romance.
Julie London introduces a sexy, wildly romantic and emotionally charged new trilogy in which three aristocratic young ladies, upon discovering they are destitute, resort to desperate means to keep up appearances...and find the husbands of their dreams.
This is the first of the new series. Ava, the eldest, is swept into a whirlwind romance and marriage; but discovers her husband has ulterior motives of his own. Marriages of convenience workfor some, but for Ava a loveless bond won't do. So she devises a bold plan to confront her husband's demons so that he might be free to choose to give her his heart for the right reason; because she in the ONLY woman he will ever truly desire.
I liked this book enough to finish it in two days however it was not good enough that I would stay up all night to read. I didn't particularly like the heroine. I thought the conflict was good but then it resolved at the end with no effort or reason.
I do plan on reading The Perils of Pursing a Prince (Desperate Débutantes,Bk 2)so I liked it enough to read the next one.
1st book in Desperate Series. Great read look forward to the others in the series. Love the characters Ava & Jared. You can't help to love Jared he's never had true love in his life until Ava and then he doesn't know what to do with it. Ava? She's beautiful smart and and determined to have it all. I'll let you read the book to see if she gets everything she wants.
This was my first Julia London book, and I absolutely loved it loved it loved it! I put off checking this author out for a while, because of mixed reviews, but this book was absolutely brilliant! I can't get over how addicted I was to this book. Each scene was so delicately written, so much thought and intent and mood. And I am ever so interested in reading Greer's story now! My interest is so peaked!
When the young ladies of the Fairchild family learn that their stepfather has absconded with their late mother's fortune, Ava, the eldest, hunts down the notoriously wealthy rakehell Jared Broderick, the Marquis of Middleton and heir to a dukedom. Much to her shock and delight, the marquis sweeps her into a whirlwind romance and proposes marriage. But after their passionate wedding night, Ava discovers Jared has ulterior motives of his own. Not only does he expect her to deliver an heir while he continues to enjoy a rogue's life, but Ava also suspects she is a pawn in her husband's quest for revenge. Marriages of convenience work for some, but for Ava a loveless bond won't do. So she devises a bold plan to confront her husband's demons so that he might be free to choose to give her his heart for the right reason: because she is the only woman he will every truly desire.