Miss Emily Sinclair has suffered through years of the whole
courtship ritual, which she detests. Had she found someone
to love her adventurous spirit, unconventional manners and
unfashionable flaming red hair, things might have been
different. But she won't tie herself and her fortune to any
man determined to change her once their vows are spoken.
Now, on the eve of finally becoming officially "on the
shelf," her father announces she has one month to find a
husband of her choosing or she must marry her stepmother's
cousin, the dreadful Mr. Richley. Emily has a chance
meeting with a handsome stranger, the first man to ever
fire both her heart and her soul, but time is running out.
What will it take to get this man to the altar?
Lord Brandon Davenport is a confirmed bachelor, a decision
he made after seeing the difficulties marriage caused his
friends and after having every young miss pushed his way by
marriage-minded mothers. But that was before he met "her,"
a beautiful woman who dashes about in midnight rainstorms,
thinks nothing of wearing men's breeches and refuses to
give him her real name. Emily and Brand are locked in a
dangerous game of uncovering the identities of highwaymen,
and Brand is both awed and fearful of her participation.
Yet in the crowded gaiety of a ballroom, his spunky miss is
about to deliver her greatest surprise, one that will
ultimately change both their lives.
Secondary characters refuse to take a back seat in this
light, humor-filled story set in English 1800s. Although
some sections are heavy on introspection, it does permit
the corresponding character's thoughts and motivation to be
captured in detail. I would like to have heard more from
the hero throughout the book, since the second half of this
story moves much more quickly once the hero plays a more
prominent role. At that point, you won't want to put it
She needs to find a husband but in truth would rather not...
Miss Emily Sinclair has just answered the summons that will
change her life. On the eve of spinsterhood, she is offered
a month to find a willing gentleman or suffer a marriage to
her stepmother's odious cousin. Neither choice seems
He wants to remain a bachelor and is weary of marriage-
Lord Brandon Davenport has had more than enough of marriage-
the infidelity, the gossip, the inconvenience. It has all
reaffirmed his conviction to never involve himself in such
a predicament. Of course, need and want are very different
matters...or are they?
When the two find themselves grudgingly paired in the
ambush of highwaymen, temper is matched equally with
desire, leading Emily to realize that Brand is the perfect
prey for her husband hunt. But is Brand too cagey to be
caught in her trap?