Synopsis: Miss Jane Fairfield has made a career of social disaster. She wears outrageous gowns and says even more outrageous things. The only reason she's invited anywhere is because of her immense dowry--which is all part of her plan to avoid marriage and keep the fortune-hunters at bay. Mr. Oliver Marshall is the illegitimate son of a duke. His acceptance in society is tenuous as it is. If he wants any kind of career at all, he must do everything right. He doesn't need to come to the rescue of the wrong woman. He certainly doesn't need to fall in love with her. But there's something about the lovely, courageous Jane that he can't resist...even though it could mean the ruin of them both. (from the online description)
Review: Reading about Jane's outrageous antics made me laugh out loud more than once. And I found Oliver to be a character with depth and complexity. And their interactions felt real and natural. The secondary love story was most intriguing and Milan research and imagination about what it would be like to be a man for India studying in England during the late 1800s. Some of it felt contrived - the author, the evil uncle, the kidnapping (my least favorite romance cliche) - but overall, a fine story.
Bookmarks: 7 of 10
Date Finished: 7-27-2015