Published by Bantam on April 26th 2010 (first published November 1991)
Genres: Historical Romance
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Also by this author: Crystal Gardens, The Mystery Woman, Otherwise Engaged, Garden of Lies, 'Til Death Do Us Part, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, With This Ring, Affair, Tightrope
From the elegently appointed drawing rooms of London's most exclusive clubs to an imposing country estate in the heart of Dorset, comes a provocative tale of a free-thinking beauty, a dignified lord, and a mad impetuous love that defied all logic . . .
Augusta Ballinger was quite sure that it was all a dreadful mistake. The chillingly pompous and dangerous Earl of Graystone could not possibly wish to marry her. Why, it was rumored that his chosen bride must be a veritable model of virtue. And everyone knew that Augusta, as the last of the wild, reckless Northumberland Ballingers, was a woman who could not be bothered by society’s rules.
That was why the spirited beauty had planned a midnight encounter to warn the earl off, to convince him that she would make him a very poor wife indeed. But when she crawled in through his darkened study window, Augusta only succeeded in strengthening Harry’s resolve: to kiss the laughter from those honeyed lips and teach this maddening miss to behave! How could he possibly know that it was he who was in for a lesson . . . as his brazen fiancée set out to win his heart—and an old and clever enemy stepped in to threaten their love, their honor, and their very lives?
An engaging romp… Augusta and Harry are a delight: apparent opposites who not only attract, but belong together. A spy-hunt subplot adds a soupçon of mystery and danger, but it’s Augusta’s feminism (though never named as such) that charmed me the most. Well, that and the secretive ladies’ club, Pompeia’s, with its wise founder and eccentric butler. This is the pre-romantic-suspense Amanda Quick, frothy and light in tone, but you can see in Rendezvous the seeds of her later, more gothic romantic suspense novels.
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