A secret list of the desires of Lady Olivia Rathbourne:
A decade ago, Olivia had expected to marry the Earl of Wyldewood, only to have happiness stolen from her before his ring could be placed upon her finger. Now he stands before her, as proud and arrogant and handsome as ever, vowing to rescue her. Well, he's got some nerve urning up after all these years. Where was he when she needed him?
As for the earl, scandal has never touched him nor has impropriety ever besmirched his name. But his penchant for doing the expected does have his family calling him, well, dull. Isn't it time to flaunt society's conventions and do what he's always wanted? And first on his list: Olivia in his bedwith or without a wedding.
Freed from an abusive forced marriage when her husband is murdered, Lady Olivia Rathbourne is surprised when Sterling Harrington, Earl of Wyldewood—the man she once loved but was commanded by her father to jilt—informs her that her father is afraid she might be the killer's next victim. But Livy abhors her father and will have none of it—until her husband's will sends her in search of three rare artifacts, and she goes to Sterling for help. As their adventures heat up, so do their feelings. Can she and Sterling recapture the love they'd thought was lost forever? VERDICT Sparkling wit and simmering sexual tension add zing to Alexander's cleverly conceived and exquisitely crafted Victorian tale. Items from Livy's Secret List of Desires introduce several chapters and are a delightful bonus to this exceptional read. Alexander (The Virgin's Secret) lives in Omaha.