True love is sweet torture...
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Althea, Cressida and Phoebe have been friends since their schooldays. Talented artistic Cressida lives for her work. Phoebe has a career as an actress, but she has always given priority with her time to her married lover. Only Althea ever married, but she worries that she no longer loves her second husband, the arrogant Geoffrey Lewis. As is there…
When Devon Brentton, Viscount Wilhelm, teasingly threatens to kiss Lady Lydia Covvington to ruin her day, it was meant as a jest. But, his little sister’s puritanical friend is in need of some thawing, and he is just the rake to do it. A little kiss is only the beginning; they soon find that their animosity towards each other hid a spark of attraction that bursts into flame.
But Lydia is no meek miss. Learning from her mother’s awful experience with a philandering husband, she knows that handsome rakes never reform. She will never wed a man like Devon, but cannot deny herself the chance to experience the heat and desire, and—dare she think it—love, that Devon can show her. She strikes up a bargain he can’t resist; a journey of passion that will end with her marriage to an older—respectable gentleman, who will never break her heart.
But Devon can’t let her go. For him, there is only one outcome and it ends with her seduction and her hand in marriage. Lydia proves not only rakes can break hearts, and when he thinks he has won her heart at last, she denies him. Devastated, he leaves England so that he will never see her and the man she chose over him. When at last he is found and brought home against his will, he finds the woman who shattered his heart is there, and determined to mend it.
Can he forgive her? Lydia will not give up on him again, but the tables have turned, and it is up to Devon to take a second chance at love.