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The Courtship Wars
To Pleasure a Lady
To Bed a Beauty
To Seduce a Bride
To Romance a Charming Rogue
To Tame a Dangerous Lord
To Desire a Wicked Duke

ISBN#: 978-0345494597
January 2008
Ballantine Books
1745 Broadway, 18th Floor New York, NY 10019
Mass Market Paperback
389 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 5 Cups

Arabella Loring is a bit distressed to find herself the ward of the well-known rake, Lord Danvers. She has overcome her scandalous parents, a broken engagement, and a hostile guardian to found a school for children of the merchant class who aspire to the aristocracy.

Marcus, Lord Danvers, does not want to be the guardian of three young women and seeks to relieve himself of the burden by marrying them off. He is surprised to find that they do not want to be married and that he has a strong attraction to the eldest sister.

Arabella Loring has no reason to think that she would be happy married, especially to a rake like the Earl of Danvers, but the irresistible earl has other ideas. He wagers that he can win her over in two weeks and she is determined to win the bet. Marcus is determined to win her heart but loses his own in the process.

I just loved this story and did not put it down until I finished it. The author has created two very charismatic and memorable characters and their story is totally engrossing. Arabella and Marcus are both strong-willed, but can not fight their attraction for each other, making for some very hot love scenes. Ms. Jordan has a real gift for these and there are a satisfying number of them in this story. The era and its mores are very well captured and the other characters are very vividly portrayed. The Loring sisters and Marcus’ two best friends are particularly prominent, but all of the characters are solid enough for books of their own. I loved the struggle between Marcus and Arabella and that Marcus at no time tries to smother her, though it takes her a while to realize it.

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