She's got nothing left to lose …

With her fiancé suddenly engaged to another and her reputation in tatters, Merribeth Wakefield needs a bold plan to reclaim her life. She must be brave. Confident. She must … kiss a rake? The suggestion is ludicrous! Yet when Merribeth finds herself alone with the dark and brooding Lord Knightswold, suddenly the plan doesn't seem so farfetched. So she does something she never thought she'd do—she kisses him.

But he has everything to gain …

The Marquess of Knightswold—Bane to most—has no use for the affections of women. Well, none lasting longer than a single night. A plot for revenge weighs heavy on his mind, leaving no room for romance. But then a shy, witty miss borrows a kiss from him in a darkened room, and everything he thought he knew about innocent debutantes vanishes along with her.

When a twist of fate brings Merribeth within Bane's grasp, he'll have to resist her charms—or risk losing everything—for the sake of his heart.
June 10, 2014  |  288 pages
(Read from Apr 3, 2018 to Apr 10, 2018)
Grade: D    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 100% Entertainment, 0% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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Oh my GOD. I loved the 1st book in this series & had high hopes going in, esp. since it was a wallflower/rake flirtation training situation (I love that trope, when the student outstrips the master... *chef's kiss*). But the descriptions in this book ranged from regular bad ("tasting her sadness" wtf) to orientalist bad (the overuse of "primitive" and "pagan drum" for heroine's heartbeat/arousal... yikes), and the aunt's portrayal was uncomfortably sexist & existed 99% as a foil to our hero. 👎  (+1 vote)