As an Earl Desires
by Lorraine Heath
Archibald Warner, the seventh Earl of Sachse was not expected to inherit the title. Now, he is using his predecessor's widow to coach him in his role as Earl. Camilla Warner was much younger than the sixth Earl when she married him. She is hoping to get Archie married to a suitable young woman while she finds herself a suitable Duke. Archie has one problem with Camilla's plan; he wants to marry Camilla, not some suitable young woman, but he goes along with Camilla in order to spend more time with her.
Camilla suffered much during her marriage but she seeks another marriage to protect herself from what she sees as her failures. Archie will have to dig deep to discover her secrets and convince her that they don't impact his opinion of her. Ms. Heath has crafted an unusual set of characters that know what they want and will do what it takes to accomplish their goals. I felt an aura of sadness as I finished this book for poor Camilla faces so many adversities with a great deal of dignity. However, while one is saddened by those trials, there is a great moment of triumph when Archie finally convinces her that is she is what he wants and no one else will do.
“What is an Earl to do when he wants to marry the former Countess?”
April 2005, 384 pages
The seventh Earl of Sachse has only recently gained his title, but he already knows his duty: to wed one of the debutantes thrust under his nose at every turn. But he is interested in one woman only: coolly beautiful, maddeningly remote Camilla. Known throughout London as a force to be reckoned with, she has made it clear it is her pleasure to tutor the dashing earl in the ways of society, even offering to find him the perfect bride.
But he is determined that it is Camilla who will share his marriage bed. He tantalizes her with his caresses and soothes her with his kisses. But why does she resist him so, when she obviously yearns to surrender to his single-minded pursuit? Then, Camilla's hidden past comes to light, bearing consequences neither ever expected. Soon, he will discover the secret that haunts her lovely eyes and will make a decision that will change their lives forever.