by Gloria Gay

September 2001
ISBN: 0-7414-0699-3
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Mass Market Paperback

Gloria Gay is a new and aspiring writer, who is also an artist and uses her art on the cover of her newest book First Season.

Fantine Delmere’s family has been dependent on the Earl’s of Ashcom, for many years. They are her family’s only support for a home and income. Because of some silly sense of responsibility, on the part of an ancient Ashcom towards an ancient Delmere, the Delmere family have been living like virtual sponges off of the Ashcoms for years. And Fantine, for one, hates it. Her father is lazy and running the Earl’s estate into the ground. Now, out of the blue, the newest Earl of Ashcom, has decided to visit Evergreen, her beautiful home, and has offered to sponsor her for a season in London. Little does Fantine know, but her father has written a letter to the Earl, all but demanding that the Earl sponsor Fantine.

Nicholas Leigh, Earl of Ashcom, was; so say the least, very angry, that Delmere would make such a demand of him. Especially after he and his family have supported them all these years. Nicholas decides to make a visit to Evergreen, to see for himself this ‘Fantine’ person, and decide if a season in London is worth the effort. What he doesn’t expect to find is a beautiful, spitfire of a woman, who hates him for what he is, wealthy. She insults his integrity and declares that she will not go anywhere with him. Angered beyond his normal cool control, Nicholas threatens Fantine with the eviction of her family if she doesn’t cooperate. He swears to find her a husband, who will then take the financial responsibility of supporting her family.

She finally agrees, although grudgingly, and returns to London with the Earl. What transpires is an attraction that neither one can ignore. He’s arrogant, she’s willful and stubborn and the chemistry makes for some very good sexual tension. Add in someone who wants Fantine out of the picture and a well meaning, matchmaking aunt, and you have the makings of a wonderful romance.

This is a very well written story. Gloria gives the reader a good insight into what is going on in the minds of her lead characters. The storyline is very flowing, without allowing the reader to wander in different directions and trying to figure out the plot lines. For a fairly new writer, she has a great future ahead of her.

Reviewed in June 2002 by Debbie.

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