Let Sleeping Rogues Lie
Jeffries delivers her fourth installment in The School for Heiresses series with this highly entertaining novel set in early 19th-century England. Madeline Prescott, daughter of a physician, is a teacher and naturalist working at a reputable school. Madeline asks the notorious rake, Anthony Dalton, Viscount Norcourt, to teach the young heiresses lessons on how to avoid rakehells much like him. Anthony is inexplicably attracted to Madeline and agrees to her plan. If his lessons are successful, Anthony will be allowed to enroll his niece in the exclusive school, but he must first return a favor to Madeline.
Headstrong and practical, Madeline is determined not to be seduced by Anthony’s magnetism, but soon finds him irresistible, especially when she gets to know his true self beneath his rakish exterior. The two hide many secrets from each other and both must learn to trust to find the true love that has eluded them for so long.
The plot becomes slightly convoluted near the end through several misunderstandings between the two which distract slightly from the story. Passionate romantic scenes do abound, though, and readers will be kept on their toes with the lively banter of the characters. An enjoyable, quick read.