Catherine Malboeuf has traveled to England from New Orleans to reclaim her ancestral home, Walsley Manor, for her mother. She is after her great-grandmother's journal that gives hints to the location of a tiara that was rumored to have once belonged to the Empress Elizabeth of Russia. She finds that the Nicholas Adair, Duke of Boulstridge has bought the house and restored it.. She offers to buy the Manor and Nick refuses. Then Nick proposes a wager: if she secures the an offer of marriage from a member of the Ton, he will sell her Walsley Manor. Nick doesn't think that a woman that wears breaches under her skirt with a cutlass tucked into them will have a chance. Little does he know, Catherine's mother still has friends in England.
I liked that Catherine wasn't the typical Ton miss. She wears breaches under her skirt and her father is a French pirate (wrongly accused). Nick is a typical stuffy aristocrat until he meets Catherine. I loved the slow build up until they reached their HEA.
I can't wait to read more from this author!
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