When Miles Redmond first set eyes on Miss Cynthia Brightly, he was instantly smitten, yet his attraction waned when he overheard her tell a friend that she would never set her sights on a mere second son. Two years later, Miles is the heir to the huge Redmond fortune, thanks to his brother Lyon's disappearance. Cynthia is attending a houseparty at their home, and needs to find a rich husband quickly, before word gets out about the scandalous way in which her betrothal to the heir of a Duke was dissolved.
Miles tries to tell himself that he feels nothing for the stunning and opportunistic Cynthia, and wants to get his own back at her for the slight he suffered years earlier. He offers to give Cynthia useful information about the various eligible men at the party so she can make a match in two weeks, in return for one kiss.
Of course Cynthia is a lot less shallow and materialistic than Miles first believes, and of course one kiss is not enough. During the course of the two weeks, it becomes more and more difficult for Miles to help Cynthia find a husband, as he wants her for his own. But as the heir to the Redmond fortune, Miles can't make a match with a penniless woman with a scandalous reputation, even when she takes his breath away.
Yet another very fast and entertaining read. I've been reading a lot of romance over the last month, since my mind is bombarded with so much misery on the news, and Long's books are a wonderful escape from reality. She always writes engaging protagonists and brilliant dialogue. While this book didn't make me make the Good Romance Novel Noise (TM Sarah Wendell at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books) in the way Long's two latest did, it was very good, and I can see why she's so popular.