John Fitzhugh Wyckerly has been the spare heir all his life, supporting himself with gambling and charm. The news that he’s inherited the bankrupt title of Earl of Danecroft shatters his indolent world. Even penniless, he’s always paid his debts, but now the estate’s creditors are closing in. He can fake his death and run for cover...or accept overwhelming responsibility and find a rich wife—one who will also accept his illegitimate terror of a daughter.
On his way to find an heiress, he meets Abigail Merriweather, who is neither rich nor aristocratic, but she can tame The Terror and stomp cockroaches. Unfortunately, she needs a wealthy, powerful man who will fight her father’s executor and retrieve her four half-siblings. When an unexpected inheritance falls into Abby’s lap, she sets out for London to seek a lawyer.
Can Fitz charm his practical Abby into trusting him to save her siblings when it’s doubtful that he can even save himself? And can Abby surrender reason and logic for the folly of love offered by a man who can have any woman he wants but insists he wants only her?
“Patricia Rice’s historicals are deliciously fresh, sexy, and fun.”—Mary Jo Putney, author of Not Quite A Wife
“Rice is a master storyteller …A wonderful blend of humor, pathos, adventure, and charm, this page-turner is book one in Rice’s promising Rebellious Sons series.” Shelley Mosley, Booklist —a top ten romance for 2010
“I loved it. It's a heartwarming tale that kept me smiling all the way through. Every character entertains and satisfies, from the engaging scapegrace hero who I loved more and more through the book, his wild and insecure love-child and the loving, down-to-earth heroine, right down to the devious old butler and the dyslexic assassin. It's a sweet, sexy, fun romp with so much heart. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.” Anne Gracie, author of The Winter Bride
Good book. Seemed a bit long or dragging in some places. Edited and written well.45
Cute story, but it could be a bit shorter.45
So, so well written. The author takes the reader into another time and place. The characters , even more minor ones, are distinctive. The two main characters have depth, and the story is about love for family, as well as romantic love. It is also about the role of friendship. I am so impressed by this author! Lots of action, a bit of mystery, and humor.55
Great read and a wonderful find!55
Patricia Rice has a wonderful way with words and displays her wordsmithing at it’s best in this novel. Enticing characters, fast moving and intriguing plot, descriptive scenery and history. All in one book. Superb from start to finish. I highly recommend reading this book.55
Well written entertaining characters and story line with plenty of sizzle and humor.55
First time reading this author. A well written a very satisfying story. I will definitely be looking for more of her books.55