The Heiress In His Bed Author:Tamara Lejeune To escape an unwanted marriage, Lady Viola Gambol flees to London and poses as a maid in a boarding house. Little does she know that the 'boarding house' is actually a brothel - until the owner auctions Viola off to the highest bidder! Viola vows to fight off the auction's winner, Julian Devize -- but her immense attraction to the sc... more »oundrel is making that very hard to do... Julian was hired to find missing heiress Viola Gambol, but first he must rescue his brother from a house of ill repute. When Julian sees the alluring maid being sold like a slave he impulsively makes a bid to protect her honour. Julian has no idea that the woman he saved is the one he's been hired to find. But his honourable intentions take a scandalous turn as temptation leads to unrelenting pleasure.« less
I am giving it a 4 star rating because I loved the beginning and the end. However, I felt the middle section was a little more complicated than it needed to be. It recovered nicely and I had laugh-out-loud moments in the final chapters when there was terrible confusion over who was in love with (or kissing or engaged to or trapped with or having an affair with) whom. Had the entire book been that entertaining, I would have been exhausted--but happy enough to give it a 5+.
The heroine was an extremely strong personality--sometimes to a fault. This was amusing throughout the book. The hero was both dazed by and attracted to her--although I appreciated his moral compass.
I've not ever read anything else by this author, but I definitely will.