by Jo Beverley
October 30, 2007
Available in: Paperback (reprint)
A classic Christmas story back for a new season. New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley returns to the Georgian period and the irresistible Malloren clan in this sumptuous historical novel of sizzling tension, powerful attraction, a false and forced engagementand the lavish use of mistletoe and rather well-spiked eggnog.
Through no fault of her own, Genova Smith is in the precarious position of accompanying the Marquess of Ashart to the home of Lord Rothgar, his cousin and mortal enemy. Even more distressing, she and the infuriating rake have been caught in a passionate kiss, forcing her into the dangerous situation of pretending to be in love with the one man capable of stealing her heart...
Caught in an unwanted betrothal, Lord Ashart plays the game to protect a lady's virtue while pursuing darker purposes of his own. To survive, he must confront his cousin and his past, but the passion that ignites between him and Genova threatens everything. With her, he realizes he's finally met his matchand if he isn't careful, their staged engagement may turn into something deliciously real...
Passed away May 23, 2016.
Jo Beverley is one the few authors writing English-set historical romance who is English. She was born and raised in England, and has a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire. She and her husband emigrated to Canada, but have now returned to England. They have two sons.
Though Jo started to write as a young child, it was only in the eighties that she began to think that it was something ordinary people could do, and after a talk at a local library, she settled to seriously writing her first historical romance.
Now, she is the author of over thirty romance novels and many novellas — see Jo Beverley’s booklist which have brought her many awards, including five RITA awards from the Romance Writers of America and awards from Romantic Times including two Career Achievement awards. She is a member of the RWA Honor Roll, and the RWA Hall of Fame.