Published by St. Martin's Press on October 31st 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
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Scandal begins with just one kiss. . .
Aurora Paxton was once the belle of the ball, the most sought-after debutante of the season―until a scandalous mistake ruined her. Shunned by her family, Rory was banished to the country to live in disgrace. Now she’s been summoned back to London by her stepmother, who is being blackmailed by the least likely person Rory can imagine: Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell.
Lucas is someone Rory’s known for years―a man as devastatingly handsome as he is coldly disapproving of her. What in the world could he want from her or her family? Rory intends to find out as soon as she comes face to face with her old foe. What she never expects, however, is that the icy aristocrat has a soft spot for her―and a secret plan to redeem her status. Could it be that Lucas has been in love with Rory all along. . .and has finally found a way to win her heart?
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After trusting the wrong man, Aurora “Rory” Paxton’s only season came to an abrupt end. She is sent to live with her widowed aunt by her father and wicked step-mother. A twist of fate brings Lady Milford and a pair of slippers that have brought love to five other girls. Rory is soon on her way back to London to face the man her step-mother thinks is blackmailing the family, Lucas Vale, the Marquess of Dashell.
Rory is hired to be a companion to the Marchioness of Dashell, Lucas’ stubborn mother. Lucas remembered the intense attraction he had for the vivacious Rory during her first season. He couldn’t bring himself to act on it then, but having her so close might just bring him a second chance he never knew he wanted. As Rory and Lucas clash in the best ways, sparks fly and tempers flare into passion like neither have felt before.
I absolutely adored Rory from page one. After having her life and prospects basically destroyed, her father dying, and her step-mother hardly acknowledging her existence, she is strong enough to come to London to extinguish the blackmail threats to save her sister’s engagement. I loved the sparing between Lucas and Rory. Lucas was a little harder to love, but once that hard shell broke away bit by bit, I was entranced by his passion for his family and the lengths he goes to for love.
The sixth book in the Cinderella Sisterhood series is just as enchanting as the rest. Drake takes the tale of Cinderella and creates so many magnificent stories all with ladies of different backgrounds and personalities. I am excited to read more from Olivia Drake as soon as possible!