"Ariane de Valmont prized her independence above all else, and to secure it, she'd struck a seductive bargain witha tantalizing American....The son of scandal, Chris Blanchard caused a sensation among the 'beau monde,' intending to settle old scores and quickly be gone again. Until he was caught by the gaze of Ariane de Valmont...." Set in 19th Century Paris
From Literary Times
Christopher Blanchard is in Paris to inform Odile and Maurice Blanchard of Charles Blanchard's recent death, and they hate Chris because his father left them for his (Chris') mother. But before he died, Charles tried to make amends by secretly buying shares of Credit de Paris, a business venture of Maurice's and the Duc de Morny, and now Chris anonymously owns the shares. Comtesse Ariane de Valmont meets Christopher Blanchard at the theater in Paris. She is a beautiful aristocrat whose parents have brought her to Paris to find a husband. Ariane does not want a husband, but she is attracted to Christopher from the moment their eyes make contact. The Comte de Valmont promises Ariane that she may decide for herself who she will see, and Ariane chooses Chris. Later, she snubs the Duc de Morny in favor of Chris, and the Duc wants her even more. She approaches Chris with a proposal that he act as her suitor to discourage any others, and the same would work in his favor. But that is not enough for Chris and he counters her proposal with one of his own: that she give him a fair chance to seduce her. This is a gamble that Ariane is willing to take as she and Chris indulge in sexual sparring and banter that both irritates and excites her as she falls under his spell. Ariane needs Chris's help again and when he complies, he is the target of revenge. Chris continues his pursuit of Ariane and circumstances later force them to marry. They love each other, but neither one admits it, fearful that the stakes are too high to lose. Ariane is attacked by the Duc de Morny and she finds comfort and love with Chris. Ariane is afraid of losing her independence and control of her land and money if she admits her love for Chris, but when she acknowledges her love, she willingly surrenders her heart.Very different from her last book, but Surrender The Heart is just as admirable! Classic Beaumont! She doesn't let her readers down! Well written and a delightful read!Gloria Miller
from back cover
Ariane de Valmont prized her independence above all else, and to secure it, she'd struck a seductive bargain with a tantalizing American. Now she feared that in this heart's gamble, le beau sauvage, as Parisian society had named him, held all the cards...
The sone of scandal, Chris Blanchard caused a sensation amount the "beau monde," intending to settle old scores and quickly be gone. Until he was caught by the gaze of Ariane De Valmont, whose eyes bespoke a forever kind of love.....
Christopher Blancherd was everything she had ever needed,, yet she didn't want.
could not get into this one.