Book review: 9/10
All of London is raving about the newly arrived American, Emilia Highhart. She has beauty, charm, wit and a hint of the exotic. Unfortunately, grace is decidedlynot one of her virtues. Staircases, doors, even floors have proven her enemies, often leaving Emilia prostrate and mortified in a pile od muslin. Nevertheless, at her first ball, her dance card soon fills with the names of highly suitable men. But Emilia's eyes are on just one man - the one her aunt points out as the entirely unsuitable Lord Phillip...
In fact, he isn't Lord Phillip. While Phillip, the heir, goes about spending the good family's funds, his identical twin, Devon, the spare, must attend society functions as Lord Phillip - all because of a few blasted minutes' age difference. Soon, both twins are vying for Emilia. And, under the not-so-watchful eye of Lady Palmerston, aunt and chaperone to the young lady, Emilia is unknowingly courted by two different men with the same face! But only one of them is the love of her life...
In this wonderful debut by Maya Rodale, we meet Emila Highhart, who at her father's request travel's to England to stay with her aunt, Lady Palmerston to find a suitable husband.
On her very first ball she meets Devon, who helps her when she falls. They instantly feel an attraction pulling them to each other. Devon, who is disguised as his brother, the heir to the dukedom, Lord Phillip, can't reveal his real identity to Emilia. So she thinks that he is his brother, known to be mean womanizing rake and a very unsuitable suitor for a husband.
But Emilia soon becomes confused by her own feelings...because she doesn't know that the man she loves is in fact another man...And when she finds out the truth Devon has to play the best of him to conquer her before his brother Phillip can destroy their love.
A remarkable, lovely and enjoyable Regency romance. I strongly recommend it.