Lady Claire Is All That by Maya Rodale

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Lady Claire Is All That by Maya Rodale
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (224 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Her Brains

Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he’s of no use to Claire . . . or is he?

Plus His Brawn

Fox’s male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancée jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society’s roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas—shockingly steamy ones. . .

Equals A Study In Seduction

By Claire’s calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox’s estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love . . .

SO “un-ton” to let society see her intelligence and, of all things, in math! But that is Lady Claire, the bluestocking sister of the upstart American who inherited an English Dukedom. Claire is determined to fulfill her promise to her now-dead mother and also fulfill her dream of discussing math with the great math scholars in England — a challenge, to be sure.  She does as the old duchess of Durham insists and makes the social scene, but she’s just plain not husband hunting.

Then, Maximillian Fredick DeVere, Lord Fox returns to the social scene after being jilted by his beautiful fiancé. He is the epitome of ton. He is a winner in sports and with women and hires someone to do math things for him. With his Male Pride smarting from being jilted, he makes a horrid bet with a supposed friend. The bet involves Fox’s much-loved hunting dog and Lady Claire. He just HAS to win, but he failed to take into account his heart’s feelings; after all, he’d never had any trouble with his heart being involved with his decisions before. Moreover, when his rank, wealth, face and body failed to impress Lady Claire, he is flabbergasted.

The BET keeps him trying even though to Lady Claire he is “not an equation worth solving.” However, when his kiss short circuits her brain and wakes up her body to passion, desire, and lust, Lady Claire has to regroup. She is floundering in unknown territory. How these two find their happy-ever-after captivates.

The side stories of Lady Claire’s siblings and Society’s outrage yet fascination with them enhances the story and makes one giggle at times.

Maya Rodale does a wonderful job of weaving a subtle humor through the story that made this reader smile often. Her writing is delightful, entertaining, yet encompasses a great theme of two lovers who each are willing to give up something super important to see that the other is a winner. Definitely a GOOD READ!

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