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"With another engaging tale for her fans, Linden's talent for building delicious sexual tension keeps the uncomplicated story moving as the characters try to stay focused on their individual goals." ---RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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A bargain that was all business . . . and pure passion.

Neither wealth nor beauty will help Lady Francesca Gordonwin custody of her young niece Georgina, saving thegirl from a cruel stepmother; she needs London’s top solicitorfor that. But when Edward de Lacey, son ofthe powerful Duke of Durham, hires away the one man whocan do the job, Francesca decides Edwardhimself must champion her case . . . if only she can meltthe dashing lord’s stony heart.

Edward has reason to be guarded, though. London’s tabloids have just exposed a secret that could ruin his entire family.When Francesca offers a unique chance to undo the damage, Edward is forced to agree to a partnership . . .and now, each moment together feeds the flames ofhis scandalous longing for the passionate widow. But whenGeorgina disappears, fate will test them both . . . and leave their love hanging in the balance.

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Product Details

  • Series: Avon
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062025325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062025326
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Linden knew from an early age she was a reader, but not a writer. Despite an addiction to Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, she studied physics and dreamed of being an astronaut. She earned a math degree from Harvard College and then wrote software for a financial services firm, all the while reading everything in sight, but especially romance. Only after she had children, and found herself with only picture books to read, did she begin to make up a story of her own. To her immense surprise, it turned out to be an entire novel--and it was much more fun than writing computer code. Eleven years, fourteen books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. She lives with her family in New England.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on August 31, 2011
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One Night in London is a superb romance with a lovely lead couple who are just meant to be together. They form a tight bond of friendship and support.

On his death bed the Duke of Durham whispers a terrible secret to his children, a secret so devastating it could disrupt the three sibling's world. Each sibling has a unique personality and middle son Edward is the silent, thoughtful, analytical one. He has been running the estate while his older brother finds his pleasures in London and his younger brother is off on the continent fighting the French. Edward needs to hire a solicitor to assist him in discovering his father's secrets and he enlists the aid of the best barrister in London.

Unfortunately, widow Francesca Gordon also is in need of the best barrister in London and when she discovers that her barrister drops her case to assist Edward, she confronts Edward in a rage. Easily the reader could have disliked Francesca here, she was irrational and unfair but Edwards's quiet demeanor takes the wind out of her sails. When she describes her need of an attorney (she wants to find her niece and gain custody from her niece's step-mother), Edward is sympathetic but logical. He ends up assisting Francesca in locating her niece and as they spend time together the passion between them is impossible to contain.

Edward is taken by the bold Francesca who is daring but not stubborn. Francesca embraces life to the fullest. She has been a widow for two years and she had a good marriage. She likes her freedom and she enjoys her friendships. She delights in discovering Edwards' romantic side.

Edward is a rock for his family and he becomes an anchor for Francesca too. These two trust each other.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jessica McKelden Cave VINE VOICE on September 11, 2011
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I almost did not finish this book. I picked it up, started it, and nearly put it back down. I wasn't impressed. I didn't really care for the heroine. Nothing about Francesca jumped out at me as making her a heroine worth reading. I didn't really like the hero, either. Edward was cold, boring, and not at all the alpha male that I prefer reading about. I almost stopped reading.

Thank God I didn't put the book down. I told myself to keep going. I kept reading and I'm so glad I did.

The book may start slowly, but after a few more chapters, I was completely hooked. The writing drew me in and kept me flipping the pages until the end. I really warmed to the characters. Francesca was daring and sassy - the girl that every one of us wishes we could unleash upon the world. She also brought out Edward's warm, sensual side that had been hiding since the very beginning. It was a great pairing of characters that I very much enjoyed as the story went on. The plot was interesting and kept me enthralled the entire time.

I definitely look forward to adding this author to my to-read list.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2011
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Ding, dong the duke is dead. That's Francis de Lacey, Duke of Durham, who we met previously in the novella I LOVE THE EARL, when he was about 40 years old, had just inherited the dukedom, and was showing a great deal of reluctance to marry and produce heirs. Fast forward 40 years to this book and he dies on p. 6, leaving 3 grown sons, heir Charlie, middle son Edward and youngest son Gerard, and a deathbed revelation that he may have been a bigamist and his sons illegitimate. Wow! Say what? That's quite a gap in information from I LOVE THE EARL to this book. We need to learn "The Truth About the Duke".

Anyway, Edward and Gerard are in turmoil over this and feel the need to resolve the issue. Charlie, the new duke, for the moment at least, is an irresponsible dissolute and doesn't feel inclined to get involved. Edward will take care of things. He always does. So our hero Edward, who has always been the responsible son involved in the running of the ducal estates, hires a solicitor to try to salvage the dukedom for their family.

Meanwhile, heroine Lady Francesca Gordon wants the same solicitor to help her win the custody of her young orphaned niece Georgina, who is in the hands of an evil stepmother. Well, working for a duke's family trumps working for the widow of a baron, so Francesca finds herself without a lawyer.

Francesca is a bit hot-tempered and impulsive. This is due, as the book implies, to her being half Italian. (Don't blame me. I'm not the one stereotyping here.) So she's very upset at the de Lacey family taking her solicitor and barges into their house and gives Edward a piece of her mind. (So she's a hot-blooded "shrew" and he's a cold, unfeeling, controlling man. Will opposites attract?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tracy VINE VOICE on November 11, 2011
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The Duke of Durham is dead but his secret didn't have the good grace to die with him. Both the nature of the secret and the unknown identity of the person blackmailing him because of it made it necessary he burden his three sons with a horrible truth, but with only two of the three to bear witness as his time grew ever-shorter, he had only the time to apologize to his middle and youngest sons before he slipped into senseless ramblings, then a quiet death.

It was his solicitor who was left with the untenable duty of informing the stalwart middle son Edward and his younger brother Gerard just what their father was begging forgiveness for. And the secret is horrible. Their mother had not, as they had always thought, been their father's first and only wife. In truth and long ago he had married a young woman on a whim, a youthful folly really. That folly was quickly realized and they parted...but did nothing to dissolve their union. The horrible, terrible, scandalous truth is that the Duke of Durham may, in fact, have been a bigamist, his sons illegitimate and ineligible for their father's fortune and title.

Edward knew the responsibility to investigate and clear up this matter would fall mostly on his shoulders. His elder brother never addressed a problem that couldn't be solved by either bedding women or drinking to excess, and his younger solved all his problems with a mind on fighting and warfare. It was up to Edward to find a solicitor who would champion their cause and do it discreetly.

No sooner had Lady Francesca Gordon finally found a solicitor willing to take on the custody case for her niece than that solicitor was called away and his assistant was suddenly feeding her a line that he was no longer available.
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