Series: Lessons in Love #2
Published by Avon on April 29th 2003
Genres: Historical Romance
A determined young lady vows to give one of London's infamous rakes his comeuppance -- but when the rogue turns the tables, who truly learns a lesson in love?
The ton gossips call him "Saint" -- but the Marquis of St. Aubyn has well earned his reputation as London's perfect scoundrel.
Evelyn Ruddick knows she should avoid him at all costs--but the strikingly beautiful lady wants to aid the children of the Heart of Hope Orphanage, and he heads the board of trustees. Evie is determined to teach the charming, arrogant man a lesson in compassion, but it won't be so easy--especially since his touch is setting her desire aflame, making Evie yearn to submit to his passionate instruction...
The idea of joining in her "project" is unthinkable, but this enchantress refuses to give up! So what else is there for a self-respecting rake to do but seduce the lady? Yet soon it is he who is being seduced by Evie's tender heart and fiery blushes. Could the temptation of long, passionate nights in her arms bring about the impossible? Could the disreputable Saint at long last be reformed?
I read Suzanne Enoch’s Lessons in Love series years ago and forgot how much I enjoyed the characters.
Evelyn Ruddick and her friends have devised a plan to reform on how to reform a rake. But being her brother’s political pawn, she never thought she has the opportunity to put her plan into action. Goodness knows she can’t do anything that would upset his political career. Evelyn’s character is super sweet, she had a great heart, and all wants to help those less fortunate than herself. Riding by the Heart of Hope Orphanage, she decides to dedicate her time to teaching the children – secretly, of course, since her brother would have a heart attack. Never did she suspect the owner of the orphanage would be London’s worst scoundrel, “Saint” the Marquis of St. Aubyn.
Saint has no desire to deal with the orphanage, in fact, he’s made arrangements to sell the property to the crown and to relocate the children. But when the “proper chit” Evie approaches him about working with the kids, he can’t help but seize the opportunity to get her in his bed.
I loved the main characters. They were wonderful together and balanced each other out. The romance and sexual tension were slow building and steamy. What kept me from giving this book a perfect 5 of 5 was a particular kidnapping situation – hard eye roll – it was just too much.
Overall, great story and I’ve now got a huge crush on Saint.