First book in a series...Annica's story...I enjoyed this very much. Gotta love Tristin- The scene where he is...ahem...trying to stimulate a Yes from her to his marriage proposal...I was about to shout to her "If you wouldn't I will". Keep an eye on Geoffrey Morgan in the other books.
I am not really sure how I got stuck on Harlequin authors? This book is a part of a series that involves the Wednesday League. The Wednesday League is a group of ladies that have decided that women get no justice when a man is involved in meting it. Therefore, they take it upon themselves to avenge any wrong to a woman...in order words, they are a vigilante group. I am not sure if such a group existed in this period, but it is a little far fetched. When this heroine/vigilante has the opportunity to avenge a wrong with the help of a willing and powerful man, she goes off on her own. She has no regard for whom she puts in danger. Actually, I think she has a need to receive all the glory for herself. Oh well, the League will continue on...I know because I read two of them out of line. I liked the Hero in this one, but the heroine was not worthy of him. IMHO!
Read twice over 3-4 years. Love the start and first half, great interaction between the lead characters. It seems like once they get together, more story in devoted to solving the mystery than the developing relationship and I missed that aspect, especially on the second read.
Lady Annica Sayles is a bit of a hellion: she smokes, gambles, flirts (but discreetly, of course) and has absolutely no intention of marrying. What Lady Annica is absolutely passionate about however, is meting out some much needed justice on the behalf of wronged women, on certain cads in society. In this, she is ably assisted by her friends: Charity Wadlow, Constance Bennington, Grace Forbrush and Lady Sarah Hunter. Currently, the ladies are pursuing the 'gentlemen' who raped Lady Sarah. However, another case has also caught their attention: that of the mysterious disappearance of a governess. Unanimously, the ladies agree to investigate the woman's disappearance, esp since it seems to the third such disappearance in a matter of weeks.
Elsewhere, Tristan Sinclair, the Earl of Auberville, has decided to throw his hat into the matrimonial ring. Bu he doesn't want just any wife. No, he needs a wife who would be able to be a successful society hostess, but who is trustworthy and honourable, and who has no desire to have a husband constantly hanging about her elbow. For the earl actually works for the Foreign Office, and is constantly undertaking some investigation or the other. The last thing he needs is a clingy wife who will interfere with his work. And when a friend brings Lady Annica to his notice, the earl decides that she is exactly the wife for him. (The fact that he finds her very desirable doesn't really come into it.) But how to convince a lady who is vehemently against marriage to change her mind?
Despite Lady Annica Sayles's determination to remain a spinster, her passionate response to Tristan Sinclair, the elusive Earl of Auberville, swept her into a web of intrigue and designer beyond her wildest imaginings!
Despite Lady Annica Sayles's determinations to remain a spinster-the better to avenge wronged women, the better to guard her heart-her passionate response to Tristan Sinclair, the elusive Earl of Auberville, swept her into a web of intrigue and desire beyond her wildest imaginings.
From the back cover: For despite Lady Annica Sayles's determination to remain a spinster--the better to avenge wronged women, the better to guard her heart--her passionate reponse to Tristan Sinclair, the elusive Earl of Auberville, swept her into a web of intrigue and desire beyond her wildest imaginings...!