Excellent book. loved it. Trevor Sheridan was a ruthlessly man and he had the means to do whatever he choose to do to anyone and he bankrupted Alana Van Alen's Uncle and her inheritance went with it. so she needed to get her money back. So Trevor gave her only one way out of her perdictment. Marry him.
I first read this book years and years ago. It is one of my faves. I love the time period and the setting of the book. Early New York. I love Trevor Sheridan. He is ruthless and hell bent on vengeance for his illegitimate sister. And he uses Alana Van Allen to punish her and help his sister by forcing her to marry him. I just wish there weren't quite so many little misunderstandings between them. Half of what was in the book probably would have sufficed. But, as I said, one of my all time favorites.
The books had some interesting plot points, like Mrs. Aster's power over the 400 and the hate against the Irish.
This is a fantastic book...I loved it!
I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this book because I didn't know what lions and lace could have in common.
The story takes place in New York, perhaps around the turn of the 20th century. The irish were trying to find their "place" in the new land they were hoping to call home.
Here, Trevor "the PRedator" Sheridan learns early how to get the wealth and women he wants. An expert at games of power, he played one that would destroy all the famous families that have snubbed him, including the Van Alens. Little did he know the sweet torture he was inflicting upon himself!
Alana Van Alen was born to luxury and high society. Her family had snubbed the Sheridans and now she faced Trevor Sheridan-at his mercy from bankruptcy-with a plan so daring and scandalous that it took her breath away. Anxious to keep her fortune and her secret, she is forced to accept his blackmail offer.
This book surprises. While the ending isn't a surprise, how it gets there is.
the cover has minor tears, the illustration page has some damage, but the text pages are good.
When unscrupulous Irish tycoon Trevor Sheridan threatens to expose her family secret unless she marries him, Alan Van Alan, a woman of wealth living in 1870s New York, has no other choice but to consent.
From the back cover:
She played by high society's rules...
The gaslight's glow lit Alana Van Alen's golden hair. Born to luxury, she belonged with the Astors and the Vanderbilts at cotillions and soirees. But she shivered with fear and something more as she faced the handsome, ruthless Trevor Sheridan. He had bankrupted her fortune and would expose her family's scandalous secret unless she accepted his outrageous offer, his emotional blackmail...his heart-stopping kiss.
He broken them all...
Born Irish, brought up in the streets, Trevor "the Predator" Sheridan learned early how to get the wealth the women he wanted. An expert as games of power, he played one that would destroy every famous family who snubbed him. Tricking the beautiful Alana was his trump card. But he never intended to want her...until her beauty and her resolve stole his breath away.
Now their desires swept them toward rapture...or ruin.
This novel is terrific! It is the intro to FAIR IS THE ROSE (see below), which was also wonderful. The author has done her research and knows the streets, real people and social squabbles of New York City.
Alana Van Alen is a treasure of the Knickerbockers of New York. However, she, along with the other Four Hundred (the elite of New York), missed Mara Sheridan's debut and Trevor Sheridan (her older brother) is out for blood. He proceeds to ruin each of the people who intentionally missed Mara's party. However, Alana did not miss it intentionally; her uncle locked her in her bedroom so she could not attend. The Four Hundred do not want the Irish to join their elite community. Trevor is dedicated to breaking down the doors.
This is a real page-turner. I was so sorry when the book ended. Be sure you have a copy of the second book so you can continue your Van Alen fix.
Van Alen Sisters
** 1. Lions and Lace (1988)
2. Fair Is the Rose (1993)
book was good requested this book because,i read only one of her books called "moonlight becomes her"