Lady Honora Parker, daring daughter of the Earl of Stratton, causes a scandal when she is found disheveled from kissing a young artist who has pledged his heart to her. Although they wish to marry, her father vehemently objects and sends her to New York City in hopes of her finding a husband in America. There she is under the chaperonage of her aunt and uncle. But even with an ocean separating them, Nora and Robert (the artist) still write letters full of love and promises. She vows to find the most objectionable man in New York City and cause a scandal or two in an effort to be recalled back to London by her father. Lady Nora enters into a fake engagement with the scandalous financier Julius Hatcher whose escapades with the stunning actress Polly Desmond populate the gossip columns.
Hatcher has long-held family secrets that necessitate he be accepted by New York society. Lady Nora can provide the entrée to society’s drawing rooms and clubs that Julius’ money can’t buy. In return he promises to expose Nora to the underbelly of New York’s night life in the hopes of creating the scandal she thinks she requires. Their arrangement is to last ten weeks. Long enough to get Nora recalled to England – or to fall hopelessly in love with a man who has vowed never to marry.
What of Robert? Can she forget him? Will Julius find the information he seeks before he realizes he’s in love? Will his latent sense of propriety urge him to protect Nora from herself? Or from those who wish her ill?
Author Joanna Shupe re-enters the romance arena with A Daring Arrangement, the first book in her Four Hundred Series. Engaging characters, plenty of plot twists, and superb details carry the reader through this racy romp. Several explicit scenes are masterfully woven throughout the final third of the story. This reader looks forward to the next book in this series.
Rating: 4.5 stars