Her Adventures in Temptation

Avon. (School for Scoundrels, Bk. 3). Jan. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9780063224292. pap. $9.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Lady Myrtle Allen does not want to get married; she’d rather use her mathematical genius to start a business advising other women on investments, so she absconds to London with portrait artist Simeon Jones. The two pretend to be engaged so Myrtle remains respectable and can chaperone her niece’s debut season. Simeon, a gorgeous heartbreaker and social butterfly, compensates for Myrtle’s social deficiencies. Myrtle agrees to pose for Simeon’s next great masterpiece that will finally gain him renown as an artist, while she uses her new social connections to start her finance business. Simeon and Myrtle find they complement each other perfectly, and they cannot help but develop feelings for each other. Yet Simeon refuses to propose to Myrtle, not wanting to trap her into marriage. Little does he know that Myrtle’s opinion of marriage has changed, as long as such a union is with Simeon.
VERDICT Frampton fills the next amusing installment in the “School for Scoundrels” series (after His Study in Scandal) with a smoldering artist and a smart, guileless woman, who are opposites and yet somehow the perfect pairing, as well as lots of cameos from Simeon’s fellow scoundrels.
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