By Elizabeth Young
From the fire-hot writer of requesting difficulty comes a moment irresistibly humorous and romantic novel, within which we meet the delightfully depraved Harriet and John, who're matched as completely as scones and clotted cream -- if in basic terms Harriet might enable herself indulge. as much as her eyeballs in her acquaintances' dramas, Harriet gray has no time for her personal, not to mention getting entangled with John Mackenzie. And even though it has been a long time due to the fact that she's met probably the most stunning males London has to provide, it sort of feels John's entangled with another individual. Or is he? even though they are saying all's reasonable in love, Harriet is not approximately to complicate her existence -- or probability her center. however the chronic John turns out to pop up far and wide she turns, and shortly she's agreeing to fulfill him for a cocktail to pay off a prefer. in spite of everything, what damage can pop out of 1 blameless little drink? possibly a number of breathtaking kisses, a few suspiciously lingering embraces, and a superb weak-kneed dizziness that the majority certainly isn't the flu. and that is prior to she unearths herself on their lonesome with John at Christmas. .
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A Promising Man (and About Time, Too) by Elizabeth Young