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The third book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet, a dazzlingly witty series by the bestselling author of Bridgerton.

Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she’s long since tossed them out the window. Besides, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.

Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought that nearly destroyed her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn’t matter. She doesn’t care that his leg is less than perfect, it’s his personality she can’t abide. But forced to spend a week in close company they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless . . .

Find out why readers love Julia Quinn . . .

Light, pacy and full of feisty heroinesGuardian on the Bridgerton series

‘Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton books take all of the classic tropes we know and love . . . and gives them a thoroughly modern twist. I can’t focus on anything else’ Stylist

‘Quinn is a master of historical romance’ Entertainment Weekly

‘A smart, funny touch’ Time Magazine

Reviews

Quinn brings her signature style and wit to yet another late-Regency romance . . . charmingly romantic, with compelling edges of dark conflict and sexual tension
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)