ELEVEN SCANDALS to START to WIN a DUKE’S HEART written by Sarah MacLean
04/11 - HarperCollins Publishers - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Should we risk everything for the sake of love?
Miss Juliana Fiori has shown she can handle herself under any circumstances. She was raised to be independent by her Italian father after her scandalous English mother deserted them. She now lives with her brother in England after the death of her father with the only obstacle she can’t seem to work around being English Society. Juliana tries to fit in but knows that she is never going to be one of them and the standard bearer of all things proper, Simon Pearson, eleventh Duke of Leighton keeps reminding her of this fact. He is scandal free and intends to make a perfect marital match with a quiet, demure woman who is biddable and with no reputation whatsoever, which is the complete opposite of all things Juliana. If there is a lake to fall into or a horse to ride however she chooses the fiery female inside Juliana is up for the challenge.
Leighton is trying desperately to keep a mortifying secret from everyone that will bring his family shame and will forever destroy their reputation, so Juliana is a risk he can’t take. Leighton is also aware that Juliana’s mother has been scandalizing several continents with her behavior and the fear that her daughter will become her scares everyone especially Juliana. But even knowing that Juliana cannot be his choice for a wife the need for her makes the wanting of her more than he can bear and even though he knows better he cannot stay away from her. The problem for both Leighton and Juliana is that all the reasoning in the world and knowing they are the worst combination to attempt a relationship without a scandal for reasons unexplainable to everyone but their hearts they can’t stay out of each other warm embrace. Juliana believes she is the woman to bring Leighton to the fun side of life and when the challenge is extended he accepts but with the knowledge nothing will keep him from marrying anyone but her or so he keeps repeating to himself every chance he gets but only after just one more kiss, a soft caress or perhaps a gentle whisper of affection.
Love is tender and warm and should never be trouble in 16 layers of clothing but Juliana is and regardless the reader will love her. Potential husbands should be warm, loving and attentive to their future bride not worried about what people think, yet Leight on all that and still you know he is more. Sarah MacLean's 3rd book in this series is spectacular and trying to top the first two had to be a challenge but Juliana is wonderful and Leighton a surprise on all levels. Fabulous!