Plagued by three broken engagements and a fire-damaged family manor in need of repair, Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, is not about to let his life be upset by a smart, outspoken widow whose company is in charge of Fairborough Hall's renovation. Lady Miranda Garrett, it becomes apparent, is also the anonymous architect behind her late husband's work and a woman Win just can't resist--with deliciously scandalous results. VERDICT A wicked rake, a savvy lady, and a most improper proposal combine in this funny, sexy, totally delightful Regency tale that entertains completely and will leave readers hoping for more. Alexander (What Happens at Christmas) lives in Omaha.[Page 79]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Winfield Elliott, viscount Stillwell, is determined to rebuild his ancestral home after a devastating fire, and the architectural firm Garret and Tempest comes highly recommended. Traditionalist Winfield is flabbergasted when Miranda Garret shows up to oversee the project, claiming Mr. Garret is really in charge (though in fact he's no longer alive). The 20th century is only a few years away, and Miranda is ready for some changes. She immediately decides Winfield is a twit and sets out to manipulate and trick him into letting her modernize the old manor. Alexander (What Happens at Christmas) uses historical context to frame what Miranda wants and Winfield expects, but the romance plods, with little groundwork for the two falling in love. The saving grace is the novella at the end introducing each of Winfield's three ex-fiancées, who have distinct personalities and are much more fun to read about than Miranda. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Feb.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC