SHE’S TAKING CHARGE
Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother’s investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London’s premier pleasure garden, Harte’s Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can’t be controlled.
HE’S RUNNING THE SHOW
Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn’t have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden’s larger-than-life owner, he’s already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He’s not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.
BUT LOVE CONQUERS ALL
In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte’s Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There’s no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .
Rating: Narration – B; Content – B+
In Sweetest Scoundrel, the ninth book in her long-running Maiden Lane series of set in Georgian London, Elizabeth Hoyt once again features a member of the Makepeace family. In it, big, brawny and bawdy Asa, who has hovered in the background in a number of the earlier books, finally gets his own story.
Known to London’s entertainment world as Mr Harte, Asa Makepeace is the owner of Harte’s Folly, the popular pleasure garden which burned down at the end of Duke of Midnight, and which listeners have visited as it undergoes renovations in both Darling Beast and Dearest Rogue (books 7 and 8 respectively). Now, the repairs are almost complete and the garden is scheduled for a spectacular reopening, complete with a new theatre, a newly commissioned opera and the magnificent gardens designed by Apollo, Viscount Kilbourne. Well, it would be were it not for the fact that Asa’s backer – the enigmatic Duke of Montgomery – has just threatened to cut off funding for the project. Or more accurately, his agent, fed up with receiving no response to requests to see the account books, has threatened to withdraw the duke’s support.
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