Proof by Seduction, by Courtney Milan
Publisher: HQN (Harlequin)
Before she started writing, author Courtney Milan had numerous occupations including: dog trainer, legal writer, newspaper sales, and writing computer programs. This is her debut book, with Trial by Desire coming soon. Courtney resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.
Marquess of Blakely, Lord Gareth Carhart, is a man of science and a sworn bachelor. He was appalled to learn his cousin, Ned, has fallen under the spell of supposed fortune-teller, Jenny Keeble. Vowing to prove her a fraud, Gareth sets about on a series of misadventures only to find himself with a growing attraction to the blasted woman. Now in a passionate battle of wills, these two lonely souls must choose between everything they know, and the possibilities beyond.
Historical romance is not my preferred genre, but this was one of, if not the best, historical romance I have yet to encounter. Filled with wit, lust, conflict, and bittersweet moments, it was a page-turner from beginning to end. Set in London, the author transports the reader to another time and place, filled with wonder and frustration. It's one heck of a breakout book from an emerging author. I cannot wait for the next book, which is the cousin Ned's story, and releasing in September 2010. Truly unique, this is a must read.
author of SUMMER'S ROAD
and WHEN THE LEAVES STOP FALLING