Guarding a Notorious Lady

Olivia Parker
Guarding a Notorious Lady
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HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date
May 2011
Historical Romance

Exquisite trouble . . .

A woman of pristine breeding, Lady Rosalind Devine is also an unrepentant meddler and snoop— which is why her brother refuses to leave her to her own devices while on his wedding trip. But Rosalind will not make things easy for any unseen, unwanted "nursemaid"—and vows to use her considerable wiles to expose her mystery guardian.

Nicholas Kincaid, the Marquess of Winterbourne, agreed to secretly guard his friend's spoiled, stubborn sister, though her infuriating penchant for mischief is causing him to question his decision. Though bound by the rules of society—and friendship— Rosalind's spirit and sensuality have sparked a fierce desire in Nicholas to play a very different role in her life, one that entails passion, ecstasy . . . and unavoidable scandal.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
May 23, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
116 people found the following review helpful
Olivia Parker's latest GUARDING A NOTORIOUS LADY is a fun and wild ride. By turns funny, romantic and sweet, I couldn't put the book--er, my iphone--down until I reached the last page!

When his best friend Gabriel asked him for a favor, Nicholas has no choice but to agree, even if the favor would put him into constant contact with the woman who sent his blood boiling with lust. But Rosalind is the sister of his friend and thus is out of bounds. Meanwhile, Rosalind has loved Nicholas her whole life and, having played matchmaker to several couples with much success, she decided to turn her considerable skills in landing herself the man she loved.

Though Nicholas is a yummy and honorable hero, I have to say that Rosalind is the star of the book. She is a funny and unconventional heroine, and she doesn't hesitate to go after the thing that she wants most in the world. She carries along the plot, and if we were given a different heroine, this would turn out to be a totally different book. The tension between her and Nicholas practically sizzles, and I was on the edge of my seat to see what she'll come up next to win her man.

The part where Nicholas throws down her stuff to her suitors down below in the garden was pretty funny and hints that he's not at all unaffected by her, though I would have to suspend my disbelief at this scene as I can't at all see this happening.

That said, this is a very enjoyable book and one I would recommend to historical romance fans.
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