by Rexanne Becnel

November 1997
ISBN: 0-312-96330-0
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Lucy Drysdale has long dreamed of London, and the intellectual discussions and lectures that it holds. But first she must chaperone Lady Valerie, a young girl embarking on her first social season. Before Lucy can guide young Valerie through society's crush, they are swept into the world of the Earl of Wescott, London's most notorious rake.

Ivan Thompson, better known as the gypsy Earl, has gained his title because his father had no legitimate heir. Bitter over the cruelties that society has heaped on him, Ivan takes revenge - he breaks every young heart he can find among the debutantes in society.

For Ivan, Lucy and Valerie are easy prey for his games of deceit; that is until Lucy's passionate touch ignites a desire that sears him to his soul. No one has ever done that to him before. Lucy finds that in protecting Valerie from the Earl's attentions she has left her own heart open for heartache.

Lucy and Ivan are everyone's idea of the perfect couple. The only thing is, they don't think so. Lucy tries her hardest to not enjoy Ivan's attentions, all the while secretly wishing he was being true and not the rake that he is reported to be. This is a fun story with much action and passion. It is fast paced and never boring. Ms. Becnel has a winner in this book and every Regency fan should have it on their keeper shelf. That's where mine is!

Reviewed in November 2003 by Debbie.

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