The Conquest of Lady Cassandra
Book Two of the Fairbourne Quartet
February 26, 2013
Available in: Paperback
As headstrong as she is beautiful, Lady Cassandra Vernham defied convention when she refused to marry the man who had compromised her. Now, estranged from her family and the subject of speculative gossip, Cassandra struggles to make ends meet. A recent auction of her jewels has brought her a modicum of relief, but one of the most valuable lots was never paid for by the highest bidder: handsome, rakish Viscount Ambury. Cassandra needs that money badly, and not to buy a new hat. It is time for Ambury to settle with her unless he is no gentleman.
Ambury has only to look at Cassandra to begin imagining her in his bed.. He has not settled that outstanding debt for a reason. He suspects that the expensive baubles were stolen, perhaps even by Cassandra, and he has been charged with discovering the truth. Erotic fantasies about her notwithstanding, this worldly sophisticate is not to be trusted, for she already has destroyed his good friend—the man she refused to marry, and who later lost his life in a duel that Ambury suspects was fought over Cassandra.
To Ambury’s annoyance, the fiery Cassandra is not cowed by either past scandals or present suspicions, and she seems to thwart his investigation at every turn. But proximity breeds imprudent passion, and draws these two adversaries into each other’s embrace and life. They discover compelling pleasure with each other, but also much more — about each other, about those jewels, and about secrets they never imagined.
Madeline Hunter’s first romance was published in June, 2000. Since then she has seen twenty-seven historical romances published, and her books have been translated into fourteen languages. Over six million of her books are in print. She is a seven-time RITA finalist, and two-time RITA winner. Twenty-five of her books have been on the USA Today bestseller list, and she has also had titles on the New York Times printed list, Publishers Weekly list, and the Waldenbooks paperback fiction list. She has received four starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, and Romantic Times has awarded twenty-three of her books 4 1/2 stars. Madeline has a Ph.D. in Art History, and until recently she taught at an eastern university. She currently lives in Pennsylvania.