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Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle

Cheryl Holt

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Emily Barnett is happy to be who she is: a country-bred old maid at 26, with a blind sister and niece to care for. But her pompous, stuffy cousin Reginald wants her to also be his wife--he inherited her family home and needs her dowry to run it properly. When Emily refuses to marry him, he kicks the three women out. Emily goes to London, determined to find work as a governess. At her first interview, in the home of Michael Farrow, Earl of Winchester, she discovers that working for a rake can be dangerous. Michael is interviewing potential mistresses, and he mistakes Emily for one of those candidates. After he realizes his error, he insists that she take the job as governess to his wards--an offer Emily can't refuse when he also allows her sister and niece to move into his house. Emily's days are filled with teaching, but her nights are full of teasing, as Michael tries to convince her to take on a dual role as his mistress. With scheming females waiting in the wings, can Emily and Michael learn in time that only true love is too hot to handle?


LONDON, ENGLAND, 1813 . . .
"The earl will be with you . . . soon."
The snooty butler, who'd introduced himself as Mr. Fitch, tugged on his vest. Feeling small and out of place, Emily Barnett straightened in her chair.
"Will the wait...


Praise for Too Hot to Handle

“A grand mistress at keeping sensuality at a high boil...adds depth to this sensual tale with her mature characters, a touch of poignancy and a strong plot. Holt truly understands what readers crave.” —Romantic Times Bookclub on More Than Seduction

“The best erotic romance writer we've got.” —Oregon Statesman-Journal on More Than Seduction

“A beautiful, sensuous story with excellent subplots. Charyl Holt packs an emotional wallop in this fast-paced, densley layered exploration of relationships, class distinction, and forbidden love.” —Affaire de Coeur on More Than Seduction

“A wonderful character study starring two delightful protagonists.” —Harriet's Book Reviews on More Than Seduction

“Intriguing suspense and enjoyable romantic interludes.” —All About Romance on More Than Seduction

“Excellent, stirring, steamy, and so darn good you'll just about melt...Magnificent.” —Reader to Reader on More Than Seduction

“More temptation, more poignancy and more passion than ever before.” —Rouse's Romance Readers on More Than Seduction

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About the author

Cheryl Holt

CHERYL HOLT is a lawyer, mom, and bestselling novelist who lives on the Oregon coast. Her varied employment history includes public school teacher, mediator, cook, bartender, lobbyist, musician, and political activist. A graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law, she worked as a law clerk for the Attorney General of Colorado and Wyoming. Later, she served as a deputy district attorney in metro-Denver. She has numerous national writing awards to her credit, including the prestigious Reviewer's Choice award from Romantic Times magazine. Too Hot To Handle is her fourteenth book.

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