She was unmarried, untouched and almost thirty, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn't about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible...but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream.
Jack Devlin's determination to possess Amanda became greater when she discovered his true identity. But gently-bred Amanda craved respectability more than she admitted, while Jack, the cast-off son of a nobleman and London's most notorious businessman, refused to live by society's rules. Yet when fate conspired for them to marry, their worlds collided with a passionate force neither had expected...but both soon craved.
I really liked Amanda and Jack as individual characters, but also as a couple. Amanda was able to be independent as well as intelligent without being a threat to Jack in any way, and without being a complete pariah. It has to be said that Jack would be my kind of man. Funny, passionate, intelligent, good looking, sexy...well...maybe I should stop drooling before I short circuit the keyboard!
Whilst your normal romance structure suggests that the couple will admit their attraction, and then there will be some conflict and then they will get back together, it didn't really feel as though that happened here. They did spend time apart of course, but it seemed to be handled quite maturely between them both.
I also have to say that Kleypas really up the anti with the sex scenes in this book. They were sizzling, and really pushed the envelope in a couple of the scenes compared to the scenes that you usually see in romance novels.
A very enjoyable read, and one that I am pretty sure that I will be happy to revisit. A keeper for sure!