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1740s France and England—the age of hedonism and enlightenment.
Antonia must flee the Court of Versailles and the predatory schemes of the Comte de Salvan. She orchestrates an escape with the unwitting assistance of the all-powerful Duke of Roxton, a man she has been warned against as too dangerous for her to know. Roxton is an unlikely savior—arrogant, promiscuous, and sinister. Antonia’s unquestioning belief in him may just be his salvation, and her undoing.
A classic Beauty and the Beast tale, this prizewinning historical was inspired by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s Les Liaisons dangereuses and is a homage to Georgette Heyer’s These Old Shades.
Winner of the $10,000 Woman’s Day/Random House Romantic Fiction Prize
Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Medalist
B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree
Shortlisted finalist for Romantic Novel of the Year by Romance Writers of Australia
Lucinda’s books are absolutely wonderful. She brings the Georgian era to life as no one else can! —Cynthia Wright, New York Times bestselling author
It is the golden age of French aristocratic life, the glittering court of Louis XV. Beneath the posturing and hedonism lies a seething hotbed of intrigue, deceit, and treachery. An enchanting and powerful love story between two people who have all the odds stacked against them. I thoroughly enjoyed the unfolding of this passionate romance, with added action and adventure, derring-do, and some narrow escapes! For readers who like detail there’s a wealth of carefully chosen gems to enhance the picture. This is a wonderful read for romance and historical fiction fans. Well-crafted plot, historical accuracy, and believable characters. I loved it. — Fiona Ingram, Readers’ Favorite 5 STAR MEDAL WINNER
Lucinda Brant weaves an intelligent and intricately layered tale of scandal, intrigue and enduring love. This is so much more than a love story—it’s a story of culture, political events and the plight of those who must live in the tempest. The romance between Roxton and Antonia was so well-written. Antonia may be young and virginal but, having lived in the licentious court of Louis XV, she is certainly not naïve in the ways of the world and has no illusions about Roxton. Bored with the world of excess around him, it is easy to see why Roxton would be enchanted by Antonia’s intelligence, openness, and spirited nature. Noble Satyr will certainly remain on the shelf as a keeper. —Carol Cork and Eileen Dandashi, Booktalk with Eileen 5 STAR KEEPER SHELF