Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate—and housemaids—from a predatory brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes... for a fee.
Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow's weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she'll get her money's worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh—only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can't resist him forever. But could a lady's sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all... love?
Bantam, paperback, December 2011, ISBN-13: 9780553593839
"Elegantly written, emotionally powerful... with a compelling combination of exquisitely nuanced characters and lusciously sensual romance. Sweet, poignant, and completely satisfying, A Lady Awakened is a romance to treasure."
Booklist (starred review)
"I've read other books with this same basic plot—heroine needs baby fast, finds jaded hero, hero and heroine discover love in the midst of their passion—and yet A Lady Awakened feels entirely new."
All About Romance (Desert Isle Keeper pick)
"Tantalizingly sexy, heartwarming, and oh-so funny, this romance is unforgettable; a stunning debut."
"I don't think I can really convey how amazing this book is. I was captivated from the first chapter."
"Grant details Regency country life beautifully, with a firm and respectful hand, and the subtle yet engrossing courtship is enchanting and gratifying as it transforms these two strong-minded and very unlikely lovers."
"Thought-provoking, gorgeously written, flawlessly characterized, A Lady Awakened is a breathtaking debut."
"A desperate heroine, a wickedly sexy hero, an unexpected passion, and strong storytelling along with compelling characterization mark Grant as one to watch."
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