Lady Emma Wells-Finch, the headmistress of an English girls school, wants to cause a scandal during her visit to Texas in order to convince a pompous Duke she would make an unsuitable Duchess. She mistakes pro-golfer Kenny Traveler for a gigolo and hires him to divest her of her virginity, hoping the Duke’s spies will discover her affair. The deed is nearly done when she discovers Kenny’s identity, stops the action and starts another game in which she has the upper hand.
Living down his childhood with an unstable mother who allowed him to be a bully and a father who disapproved of him, Kenny has been suspended from the Pro-golf tour. He’s blackmailed into squiring Emma around in order to be reinstated. Since she’s hell-bent on creating a scandal, it’s up to him to keep her out of trouble. Any way he can.
He’s lazy. She’s bossy. He’s used to getting his way. She’s headstrong. He won’t stand up for himself. This maddens her. He’s gorgeous and women drool over him. He thinks she’s got the sexiest mouth he’s seen. All the ingredients add up to a great love story.
If you’re thinking about re-reading a book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, pick this one. I’d forgotten how much I loved it. Phillips is always good, but this is one of her best, with witty dialogue and laugh-out-loud scenes. It’s a joyous, fun book, with great writing and characters who are flawed and well-rounded.
Phillips’ next book, What I Did For Love, will be out in February. It sounds like the perfect book to chase away the February blues.