"opposites attract and love triumps over the best laid plans..."
Everyone knows what a wager can do to a young girl. Or a woman that is put in the middle of a stupid wager. Tristan goes to the country to save a woman from scandal and falls in love. But there is someone else who wants her. Read to find out which one gets her for his wife.
He is known as the Nonesuch. But Tristan Richard Rutherford-Hayes, Sixth Earl Stanhope, is much more than a society fribble. As head of his family, he must bear his share of responsibility for the behavior of his roguish cousin, whose indiscreet wagering threatens to ruin the reputation of a country spinster.
Making an excuse to join the house-party his relative is attending, the earl is surprised to discover that Miss Calista Ashton, the supposedly dried-up prune, is far from unattractive, even if her clothes are both unbecoming and out of fashion. In fact, the more he looks at her, the more smitten he becomes.
Calista, however, knows that there is no way in the world that the most eligible bachelor in the ton would consider her insignificant person as a suitable bride. She can only tell herself that it could never happen, but can she keep herself from falling in love with the earl anyway?
A fun light-hearted book, language and manners are not historically correct. But definitely a light read...
This book was a wonderfully funny book. It is full of misunderstandings, my favorite was when the purchase of a horse was incorrectly interpreted as the wish to wed the daughter of the house.
A light frothy Regency romance. Bachelor about London and not interested in marriage, Tristan, the Earl of Stanhope heads into the countryside to protect a lady's name after his nephew Ossie vows to woo her because his mother threatens to make his life very difficult if he doesn't find a wife. Ossie has no intentions of marriage but decides that a bluestocking, dowdy, old maid who's never left the country would be a safe name to give his mother as the object of his attentions and soon the betting book at White's is full of wagers as to whether or not Calista Ashton will fall to his courting. Lord Stanhope soon finds that the dowdy appearing Calista is everything he never thought he wanted in a woman and a wife. Only problem is he can't convince Calista that he seriously wants to marry her. Confusion abounds as circumstances keep pulling the two would be lovers apart.
I didn't care for this book at all. Honestly, I couldn't get past the second chapter. The characters and dialogue were annoying. How many times, on one page, do we have to be told how the hero is THE leader of all things fashionable?