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A life can change in an instant . . .

No one knows this better than Miss Cleopatra Hadley,who went from poverty to plenty when she discovered one of England's richest men was her true father whowanted her to share his wealth . . . if she married intothe upper echelons of Society. A high price to pay for someone whose mother taught her just howdangerous a marriage could be.

An imposing yet impoverished Scots nobleman,Lord Logan McKinney knows he must wed some vapidtitle-hunter with a substantial dowry in order torestore his once-thriving estate. Having the vibrantCleo nearby, however, makes his task even moreunpalatable—for she tempts him like no other woman . . .just as he's precisely the sort of man she most fears:exciting, unpredictable, fiercely passionate. But whenattraction proves too powerful, they succumbto a kiss that quickly leads to lessonstoo scandalous for even thedarkest nights . . .

About the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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Product Details

  • Series: Forgotten Princesses (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; First Edition edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006203300X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062033000
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

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Cleo Hadley, the illegitimate daughter of one of London's richest and most unsavory characters, has agreed to marry a man with a title and fulfill her father's dream. She's even found the perfect candidate--an ancient earl who can never be a husband in the bedroom.

Scottish lord, Logan McKinney may be impoverished but he'd hoped to marry an heiress he at least found tolerable. He'd never expected to meet a woman as exciting as Cleo. Women have always thrown themselves at him, and yet Cleo prefers the company of a decrepit old man to his. When he tempts her with a kiss, her passion is awakened but she's still determined to marry the earl.

The last thing Cleo wants is a handsome, virile young husband--a lesson she learned from her mother's tragic life--so why can't she resist Logan's kiss or his touch? And if she doesn't marry the earl quickly, her stepfather will surely make good on his terrible threats.

I'll admit there were times in the story I thought I knew where these two were headed, only for Ms. Jordon to take them in an expected direction. Cleo has very logical reasons for wanting a husband in name only, reasons she can't share with anyone, much less Logan. Meanwhile, Logan knows what he wants and for the first time in his life must treat a woman as his equal if he's to have any chance of winning her.

Once again Ms. Jordan has created a worthy hero and heroine who grow and open up in order to earn their happily-ever-after. I love that Logan is not a rake, a scoundrel, or wild young rogue of the ton, but an honorable man doing his duty. That he wants to care for the woman he marries only makes him better. Cleo is a loving daughter and sister whose sense of responsibility often misguides her, but I cheered her on as she found her way to happiness with her dashing Scot. A thoroughly delightful historical romance that belongs on everyone's keeper shelf!
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I didn't find this book very interesting at all and was quite disappointed. I have read other books by the same author but this book seemed a chore to finish.
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Miss Cleopatra Hadley grew up impoverished with her mother and stepfather and has just delivered yet another stillborn babe to be buried when she vows to never be at the mercy of a man, never let her body betray her. When her birth father suddenly appears in her life, she goes with him in exchange for enough money to keep her mother and all her siblings in a decent life. A bit of time passes and Cleo has begun a campaign to wed a doddering old earl, in part to please her father with the English title he so wants in his family but more since she knows her marriage will unlikely be consummated. Her plans go awry though when a Scottish man appears and tempts her body and her heart. With the threat of harm coming to her siblings if she does not marry and pay more money quickly and a jealous nephew also at her neck, how can Cleo let go of the past to embrace a happy future?

Lord Logan McKinney needs to marry an heiress quickly to help his family and his falling down castle. He had decided on a lady, and while she will do, she does not stir his blood like the delightful Cleo. Once he meets Cleo, he knows she is the one for him. Convincing Cleo that the attraction that burns between them proves to be very difficult but Logan uncovers the clues surrounding Cleo's instance of a loveless marriage and takes steps to protect her and her family. But when circumstances force the couple together before Cleo is ready to let Logan in, can Logan find a way to show Cleo that love is possible as well respect or will Cleo's fear override her heart until it is too late?

Oh, what a delightful, witty, sexy book! The attraction between Cleo and Logan just leaps off the pages!
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Rating: B-/C+ ... Heat: Warm

Life has not been kind to Cleopatra Hadley or her family. When the story opens, Cleo is holding in her arms the body of yet another stillborn half-sibling. Cleo is charged with the harrowing task of taking the tiny body to the undertaker. This is a familiar occurrence for Cleo, who is her mother's oldest daughter--one of fourteen living children and numerous that did not survive. Cleo's life is filled with births and deaths, all at the hands of her stepfather and his rather... prodigious need to procreate.

When Cleo returns home, she finds her mother out of bed and entertaining a strange man who turns out to be a representative for her father--a man she doesn't know and has never met. He is offering to give her mother enough coin to last the family two years... if Cleo agrees to come live with him. For her family's sake, Cleo accepts the offer.

And then everything changes for Cleo--taking her from impoverished with no expectations to an heiress who must marry an English gentleman (her father's request). As Cleo has no desire whatsoever for a handsome face or a virile body, she sets her sights on the elderly (see: octogenarian) Lord Thrumgoodie. As he is both feeble and frail--and couldn't produce any heirs with his previous four wives--Cleo see's him as safe from both consummation of the marriage and unwanted pregnancy.

Logan McKinney is the opposite of safe. Logan's Scottish estate is in need of many repairs, so he is expected to marry an heiress. A seemingly easy task until he is introduced to the vapid ladies on the marriage mart. When Logan meets Cleo, he thinks she is the answer to his problems. And so he pursues her, cajoles and woos her.
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