by Nicole Jordan

February 2008
ISBN: 978-0-345-49459-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Ballantine Books
Mass Market Paperback

The Courtship Wars have begun! Author Nicole Jordan brings us a new series featuring three headstrong women who have no desire to marry, and three scandalous bachelors.

The Loring sisters have suffered greatly for the sins of their parents. When their mother left England with her French lover, they were ostracized by society. When their father gambled away all of their money before he died, they were forced to take refuge with their last remaining relative. Raised in wealth, educated as young ladies of the ton, they have had to rely on their own fortitude and each other. Their parentsí embattled marriage has shown them all of the negative aspects of matrimony, and they want no part of it. They are content to run the academy they created.

When their guardian dies, they are dismayed to learn that he had selected ANOTHER nobleman to oversee their welfare. Really, this is too much! They are more than capable of taking care of themselves.

Marcus Pierce, the Earl of Danvers, is none to happy about the situation either. The last thing he wants is to be shackled to three wards. His plan is to marry them off at once. He is sympathetic to their past problems, but he has no intention of letting them keep him from his own pursuits. He has even tried to cajole his two best friends into marrying a sister, since he knows their characters, and it would be two less women to deal with. Of course, all of these plans were made before he met the Loring sisters, especially Arabella Loring.

The battle of wits between Marcus and Arabella will entertain readers for quite a while. As Marcus realizes that she would be his perfect Countess, he deploys all of the weapons in his seductive arsenal to convince her of his sincerity. Arabella has seen enough ton marriages to know that she wants no part of one, and she feels secure that she can resist anything Marcus does during their unconventional courtship. I enjoyed Ms. Jordanís well-drawn characters and the fact that she did not try and veer away from the main plot with other diversions. I am looking forward to the next book, To Bed a Beauty.

Reviewed in January 2008 by Paula.

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