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"An exciting finale to this great romance series"

In 1834, one of the four Rogues of Regent, St. Phillip Rothembow, forces a duel with his friend Adrian Spence and dies. The three survivors, Adrian, Arthur Christian, and Julian Dare all take it badly and three years later still grieve Phillip's actions.

In 1837, Phillip's dad angrily confronts Arthur over a legal document that shows the deceased bought worthless Scottish property that has taxes in arrears. Rothembow obtains a vow from Arthur to fix it. Still feeling guilty and needing to escape his sister-in-law's matchmaking efforts, Arthur travels to Edinburgh to evict the current tenant, Mr. Fraser.

Fraser is dead, but his wife Kerry McKinnon receives the eviction notice. Apparently her late spouse owes taxes and money on a loan. Kerry visits Lord Montcrieffe who offers his dimwitted son in marriage in order to pay the debt. Kerry refuses but while waiting for the public carriage meets Arthur. Thinking he is a highwayman, she shoots him. Now their story really begins.

THE BEAUTIFUL STRANGER is an exciting conclusion to the Rogues of Regent St. trilogy. (See THE DANGEROUS GENTLEMAN and THE RUTHLESS CHARMER). The story line is loaded with action and romance as the charming lead couple struggles with their feelings for each other. The supporting cast including the return of stars and secondary players from the previous tales brings to life the era as well as adding depth to Kerry and Arthur. Julia London has written a powerful final act to a strong miniseries and, in doing so, demonstrates why historical romances are so much fun to read.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 4, 2001

SUMMARY

Beware! You might fall in love....

USA Today bestselling author Julia London, "a gifted and versatile author" (Publishers Weekly), introduces a sexy, wildly romantic and emotionally charged new trilogy in which three aristocratic young ladies, upon discovering they are destitute, resort to desperate means to keep up appearances...and find the husbands of their dreams.

When the young ladies of the Fairchild family learn that their stepfather has absconded with their late mother's fortune, Ava, the eldest, hunts down the notoriously wealthy rakehell Jared Broderick, the Marquis of Middleton and heir to a dukedom. Much to her shock and delight, the marquis sweeps her into a whirlwind romance and proposes marriage. But after their passionate wedding night, Ava discovers Jared has ulterior motives of his own. Not only does he expect her to deliver an heir while he continues to enjoy a rogue's life, but Ava also suspects she is a pawn in her husband's quest for revenge. Marriages of convenience work for some, but for Ava a loveless bond won't do. So she devises a bold plan to confront her husband's demons so that he might be free to choose to give her his heart for the right reason: because she is the only woman he will ever truly desire.

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

Other books in the "The Desperate Debutantes" series

  1. The Hazards of Hunting a Duke
  2. The Perils of Pursuing a Prince
  3. The Danger of Deceiving a Viscount

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The Hazards of Hunting a Duke
(The Desperate Debutantes: Book 1)
by Julia London

Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books)
June 1, 2006
Available: May 23, 2006
ISBN #1416516158
EAN #9781416516156
384 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Julia London

Highland Scandal
Snowy Night with a Stranger
The Book of Scandal
The Danger of Deceiving a Viscount
The Perils of Pursuing a Prince
The School For Heiresses
Highlander in Love
Highlander in Disguise
Beauty Queen
Highlander Unbound
Material Girl
The Secret Lover
The Beautiful Stranger
The Ruthless Charmer
The Dangerous Gentleman
Wicked Angel
The Devil's Love


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