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In Praise of Younger Men (Signet Historical Romance)
ISBN 0451203801 / 9780451203809 / 0-451-20380-1
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Setting: England and Scotland, 1667 and 1816
Sensuality rating: 7
A titillating twist on the May-December romance, this offering from four popular authors, including New York Times bestsellers Jo Beverley and Cathy Maxwell, explores the reawakening of romance in women of experience, delivered in the delightful form of virile younger men. Cathy Maxwell's "A Man Who Can Dance" introduces readers to Graham McNab, a man standing on the cusp of achieving his lifelong dream of becoming a physician. However, fate intervenes in the form of woman--a gorgeous, flaxen-haired woman. Graham will do anything to make the vision his own, even if it means entering into a bet with his nasty cousin Blair. To win the bet, Graham must rely on his best friend, governess Sarah Ambrose to teach the untutored doctor to dance, in spite of his two left feet. Close proximity and the rhythm of the dance emulate the rhythm of love for Sarah and Graham. Will they become partners for life? Lauren Royal introduces readers to widow Clarice Bradford, who is devoted to raising her young daughter, Mary. Clarice is not looking for love when she is invited to attend a local wedding, but the ardent attentions of a younger man, Sir Cameron Leslie, make Clarice wonder just how thoroughly on the shelf she is or if there is a possibility of "Forevermore" in her future. "Written in the Stars" by Jaclyn Reding pits two lovers against an ancient prophesy. Harriet Drynan must marry a younger man to ensure the survival of her clan. But she's in love with her twin brother's best friend, Tristan Carmichael, and he loves her. Harriet fears the legend's curse that proclaims if she marries Tristan, he will die before the marriage can be consummated. A little leap year magic may bring the answer to our star-crossed lovers' prayers. "The Demon's Mistress" by Jo Beverley opens with a bang--almost. Maria Celestin, known by society as the Golden Lily, a beautiful widow just out of mourning, arrives just in time to stop George, Lord Vandeimen, from taking the coward's way out from under his debts and crumbling estate. Her proposition, that Van act as her affianced for six weeks in exchange for enough money to pay off his creditors and make the most urgent repairs to his home, intrigues him, as does the lady herself. Van suspects that Maria has an ulterior motive for approaching him, but he's willing to deliver whatever her heart desires. And her heart desires Van. From four of today's most popular romantic authors, In Praise of Younger Men is praiseworthy itself. --Alison Trinkle [via]