Publisher: St Martins Press
Regency Historical Romance
Blurb: What’s a wallflower to do when she’s suddenly in need of a husband? Use all the pluck and moxie she can muster to get what she wants…
Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage. But the rules of her father’s exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members. To clear her ailing father’s name of a scandalous rumor, Cecily needs to gain admission into the Egyptian Club—and is willing to marry any old dullard to do it.
Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is anything but dull. He’s a dashing and decorated war hero determined to help Cecily—even if that means looking the other way when she claims the dance card of Amelia Snow, this season’s most sought-after beauty. But Lucas has a reason for wanting Cecily to join the Egyptian Club: His brother went missing during one of Lord Hurston’s expeditions to Egypt. An alliance with the explorer’s bluestocking daughter could bring Lucas closer to the truth about what happened…or it could lead him to a more dangerous love than either he or Cecily could have imagined….
Review: From the very first page, this is one that just sucks you in.
This debut is maybe one of the best I have ever read. Sexy and engaging, I just didn't want it to end. THIS is how Regency was meant to be. Captivating. Energetic. Rocking on all cylinders :) There is no doubt in my mind that if this is what Ms Collins can do, she will have a bright future and an avid fan in me :)
You can bet your knickers that I will be on the lookout for EVERYTHING by Manda in the future.