Sarah awakens one day to find she is thrown out of the only home she has ever known. A local Lord wants to marry her and figures if he tosses her out of the parish home she will have to move in with him. But Sarah convinces her "guardian", the local magistrate, to give her 30 days to find herself a husband--or one will be found for her.
She has no intention of marrying the despicable Lord Dunbridge. She in fact sets out to either catch the man she has always loved or to become a courtesan. She sets out to London with her Aunt and approaches Earl Jarrod Shepherdston, her secret love to tutor her in seduction.
Even though Sarah insists she only wants to be his lover and not his wife, Jarrod, who doesn't want to get married, still can't quite agree to her tempting yet troubling offer. But Jarrod doesn't want anyone else teaching her either. The story follows on their growing relationship through duels, and Jarrod's realization maybe he is cut out for marriage. But, will he figure this out in time?
This report prepared by Tanya
Berkley, Oct 2004, 6.99, 320 pp.
In 1793 three preadolescent aristocratic heirs sign in blood the charter of the Free Fellow League, which includes amongst its rules not to marry unless there is no choice until they reach thirty. Instead Griffin Abernathy, Colin McElreath, and Jarrod Sheperdston plan to become England's greatest heroes. By 1813, three human males in their mid twenties join the league while two of the founding fathers (BARELY A BRIDE Griffin Abernathy and MERELY THE GROOM Colin McElreath) have married.
In 1813 Helford Green, England, the new Rector displaces Sarah Eckersley and her aunt without warning. Rather than beg, Sarah heads to London to ask her childhood friend Jarrod to train her into becoming a courtesan so she can earn a living. Jarrod refuses as he knows how innocent the daughter of a village vicar is, but is willing to help her avoid an undesirable marriage. However, he never expected to fall in love with Sarah, who already loves Jarrod.
Jarrod is the ring leader of the bachelor club while Sarah is a sweet sensual young woman who has always left him gasping for air.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner