on 1 February 2006
Harriet Whitlow is a nice and prim lady who is starting her third season. She has had several suitors, but she is hopelessly in love with George Clasby, a notorious rake with a tarnished reputation. George is regretting the choices he has made in his life and wants what his friends have, he wants to find love and get married, but first he needs to have access to proper ladies. At a Christmas celebration they share a wonderful kiss under the kissing bough and after that Harriet decides that she has to do something, that i'ts now or never, since her father has a new and very eligible suitor interested in her: Lord Garfton.
George had always thought of Harriet as pretty and nice, but too proper for his tastes, and also as untouchable as the moon. However, he thinks that if he is seen among her suitors and acepted by her father, other parents will think him eligible too. He spoke to her father to ask for his permission to visit and asured him that he hasn't any intention on really courting her and won't stand in the way of Lord Grafton. When Harriet knows about his reasons to befriend her she is disapointed, but soon she decides to use this opportunity to try to gain his love. Now, she only has to discourage Grafton that she is not right for him.
This is a delightful read! It's my first book by this author and I love it! It is the third one in a series about related characters, but stands along perfectly. Both hero and heroine have flaws, but are very likeable. George has a tarnished reputation for being in affairs with married ladies, but he is tired of that life and is looking for something more. And personally I love a hero with red hair. Harriet has had a tendre for him for two years and thinks that the love of a woman can help him reform and she has decided to act on her feelings. If only her father wasn't so sure of what is best for her. There are many secondary characters who add to the story and I definitively have to look for the related books, since I want to read more about them.
The book has a lot of humorous moments, specially when Harriet is trying to scare away Lord Grafton, and some touching ones too. I liked to see the friendship and love between them growing. I was cheering for her and wanting her to get the man she wanted. And Lord Grafton is so full of himself that is going to be great see him get what he doesn't want in the next one in the series. I'm already eagerly awaiting for it.