A light, fun read. The plot is extremely predictable and hits on many of the popular Regency romance novel cliches, so don't pick it up expecting the extraordinary. Male and female leads are both interesting characters though I found him a bit too perfect for my tastes.
Regency romance fans have probably read quite a few books that bear a striking similarity to this one (I know I have), but for fans of the genre it is well worth the read.
Mariah Thorncroft can't believe her brother's impertinence or her mother's determination to buy her a title. Even worse, she can't believe she's at the estate of a renowned rake like Lord Haverstone - who undoubtedly looks down his nose at her common family. When she finds herself sharing intimate words-and moments-with the wickedly handsome lord, Mariah must determine if it's the moonlight that has her so enchanted...or the one man she should never trust with her heart.
Mariah is an exceedingly pretty girl with a pleasant personality and a substantial dowry...very substantial. But, after several seasons, she is still unmarried due to the fact that her family has gained its fortune from trade.
One night at his club, Mariah's brother witnesses an earl lose a large fortune at the gaming tables and later approaches the lord and hints as to the size of his sister's dowry. The earl finds the pup amusing and invites him to a houseparty, thinking the fellow might be good for a few laughs. The earl promptly forgets the invitation...and is surprised when the whole family lands on his doorstep.
Mariah is mortified. Her family has practically crashed the earl's houseparty and, to make matters worse, Mariah's mama is throwing Mariah at the earl's head every other second. The rest of the time, dear mama is hinting as to the vastness of their wealth. All Mariah wants to do is leave as soon as may be...until she has an encounter with the earl by moonlight...
Lord Haverstone loses a fortune playing cards, Steven Thorncroft offers his sister and her large dowry to save him from ruin. Amused, the earl invites him to a house party. Mariah Thorncroft wants to marry for love, not buy a title. But she finds herself enchanted by the earl regardless.
A good read.