An outcast fighting for her future…
Thea Knight loves a spot of mischief. She especially loves her current mischief: masquerading as her sister, while finalizing her scheme to expose the dastardly knaves whose lies ruined her life.
Then big, bad-tempered Lord Luxborough upends her game by maneuvering her into marriage. But it's her sister's name on the license, so the marriage won't be valid. Thea's idea? Keep pretending to be her sister until she can run away.
A recluse haunted by his past…
Rafe Landcross, Earl of Luxborough, has no love for mischief. Or marriage. Or people, for that matter. The last thing he wants is a wife—but if he marries, he'll receive a large sum of much-needed money.
Then he learns that Thea Knight is using a false name. Rafe's idea? Pretend he doesn't know her true identity, marry her, and send her packing once the money is his.
A compelling attraction that changes their lives
But as passion ignites and secrets emerge, the mutual deception turns tricky fast. Rafe and Thea face irresistible temptations, unsettling revelations, and a countdown to the day when Thea must leave…
Fun, tender, and steamy, this Gothic-flavored historical romance tells of a fake marriage between a grumpy, scarred hero and a trickster heroine who reminds him how to play.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Drop everything to read this book! After being blown away by this author's first book last year, I was anxiously awaiting her next story. As soon as this book arrived - at four in the morning, even - I put everything else on hold to dive right in, and I was not disappointed. This breathtaking story involved Rafe and Thea, each of whom concocts their own deliciously wicked plan, without quite knowing what the other is up to. Not only is there an exquisitely complex plot with layers of secrets and intrigue, but we're treated to a subtle dose of social commentary on the expectations of women during that time. Rafe is a charming beast, adorably growly yet burdened with a cynicism born of a grief-stricken heart. His history with the villainous Lord Ventnor puts him directly in Thea's path, and her vivacious zeal for life is nearly his undoing. The writing is clever, witty, inventive, and fresh and sparkles with unexpected humor and insight. There's a hilarious scene where Thea comments on the etymology of the orchid that was just pure magic. She's not afraid to call Rafe on his attempts to "educate" her (what we'd call mansplaining today) and her repeated references to "earl school" had me laughing to tears more than once. Demonstrating her rare gift with words, the author never lets the humor override the emotional interplay between the characters, nor make light of the very real and serious situations they are facing. This book is every bit as moving and delightful as the previous book. It's a fine example of the very best in Regency romance, and I highly recommend it. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.