The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount
Lady Phoebe Fairchild is well aware that the ton would be appalled to learn of a young lady of quality involved in a trade. Therefore, she resorts to selling her beautiful handmade gowns under a fictitious name: Madame Dupree. So when circumstances force her to visit the estate of William Darby,... show more
Lady Phoebe Fairchild is well aware that the ton would be appalled to learn of a young lady of quality involved in a trade. Therefore, she resorts to selling her beautiful handmade gowns under a fictitious name: Madame Dupree. So when circumstances force her to visit the estate of William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield, to design ball gowns for his sisters, she assumes Madame's identity. Phoebe's discomfort in her new position as hired help is nothing compared to her visceral attraction to the viscount himself. Heathenishly handsome and shamelessly seductive, Will invites her to be his mistress -- and Phoebe is shockingly tempted to accept. But as their desire for each other grows and the risk of exposure becomes even greater, Phoebe is in dire danger of losing her reputation, her livelihood -- and her chance of becoming the bride of the man whose passion has claimed her forever.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: October 23rd 2007
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
Series: Desperate Debutantes (#3)
Titled heroine is being blackmailed to work as a seamstress for the sisters of the newly-returned Duke's heir Hero. So she pretends to be a widow during her stay at Hero's estate. Heroine has been making dresses incognito for other society ladies when she & her 2 sisters were impoverished & she fear...
Though mistaken identities are fine, the play on social classes is not my favorite as far as plot lines go. That said, I ended up misty-eyed at the conclusion of the story. Some lovely interactions between the protagonists.
IMO this was the weakest book of the series. I love London's writing because she usually writes a big part of the book from the hero's POV, which didn't happen here. That left Will kind of a stranger for me, plus I didn't really like the way he pressed an employee of his into an illicit relationship...