How hard can it be to marry an heiress?
Not terribly, Stuart Drake thinks, if you’re good-looking, charming, and in line for a Viscount title, which, fortunately, he is. To end his penniless existence, he simply has to convince his intended bride’s shrewish, wizened old guardian that he isn’t a fortune hunter…which, unfortunately, he is in the extreme. Still, once he meets the old witch, how difficult could it prove to charm her?
Quite, actually. Escpecially when the lady in question is temptation made flesh—a gorgeous widow with a reputation for knowing a rake when she sees one, having bedded many herself. She’d rather die than let Stuart win. And with his plans thwarted, Stuart has only one option: to take revenge on his tormentor through seduction. But learning what this woman needs might only leave him hungry for more.
Is this Caroline Linden’s first book? I think it is.
Linden is one of my favourite historical romance authors, and you can see a great deal of her talent in What a Woman Needs. HOWEVER this is not her best book.
Some historical romances have “antics” in them. What I mean by that is there’re two characters (hero and heroine) who try and one-up each other, over and over and usually for revenge. Of course they’re using it as a way to disguise their desire for each other.
This one is an “antics” book, and while I know it’s a supremely popular sort of HR, it’s not a type I would ever seek out for myself.
On the other hand, Linden is a hugely talented writer, and even while I didn’t love the style of book, I can certainly appreciate a talented author. The first couple of chapters, in particular, are great.
If you’re a reader who has no problem with the lighter-hearted, fluffier books that are popular in this genre at the moment, you’ll no doubt love this one. Even if you don’t, there’s the excellent grounding that promises all the author’s better books to come.