Jenny Keeble is a charlatan! And she's spent 12 long years working hard at it. So when Gareth Carhart, Marquess of Blakely demands scientific proof of her powers, Jenny is furious. Not only is the arrogant Marquess threatening her livelihood, but he plans to ruin her tentative friendship with his impressionable cousin, Ned.
But what starts out as a scientific experiment soon changes, as Jenny and Gareth strike sparks off each other with each meeting. After all, who can keep science on the brain when seduction is in the air?
Milan's debut is an impressive start, with fascinating characters, unusual developments and plenty of often surprising humour. A strong and determined woman, Jenny is a great lead, who knows the realities of her world and how to cope with them. In contrast Gareth is a bit of a wrecking ball, throwing his weight about in a scientific and coolly rational way, without realising that life, and especially emotions, is rarely so straightforward. His journey in this story is excellently played out alongside the budding romance.
However, sweet, earnest and demon-ridden Ned thoroughly stole the show for me (making me want to kill Gareth at times), and I loved his brotherly relationship with Jenny. I can't wait for his story.
Elephants and oranges, fortunes and failings, this tale takes the reader on a marvellous journey that's by turns amusing, romantic, touching and a little heartbreaking. With a start this good, I expect wonderful things for this author.