The Duel Author:Barbara Metzger An enchanting tale about an imperfect earl and the picture perfect woman who teaches him that love is always worth fighting for.... — If only he could go back in time. Then Ian, the Earl of Marden, would not have dueled, and he would not have hit an innocent bystander -- a sickly lad, no less. And he certainly would never have brought the boy's s... more »ister, Athena Renslow, to stay at his house without a chaperone.
Now, on top of it all, the nineteen-year-old beauty is under the mistaken impression that Ian is the gentle hero who rescued her brother -- instead of the rogue who practically killed him....
Unable to find her a respectable duenna, Ian resolves to do the honorable thing. But Athena won't let the wealthy, handsome bachelor sacrifice everything by marrying a country nobody, despite the urgings of both their families -- and the desire of both their hearts....« less
I have just read 2 other of Barbara Metzger's historical romance, Wedded Bliss and The Perfect Gentleman. Both of those were delightful. Unfortunately, The Duel didn't compare.
The plot drug along with dithering from the H and H. Even for a hist. romance, there was some pretty unbelievable twists to the plot. I made myself finish it but there was a fair amount of skimming.
Not her best/better effort.