When confirmed bachelor Peregrine Perriam is named heir to Perriam Manor, he discovers that he only has a month to persuade a stranger to the altar. Otherwise the property will be lost and his line will be cursed—forever.
Having survived her parents’ tormented marriage, Claris Mallow prefers poverty to any husband. When a high-born stranger demands her hand, she drives him off at pistol point. Then Perry finds weapons of his own, and the reluctant lady is compelled to accept his proposal.
Claris sets the condition that their marriage be in name only. But once she becomes mistress of Perriam Manor, she discovers that she isn’t immune to Perry’s charms. Perhaps a real marriage might be worth the risk—including a real marriage bed...
About the Author
Date of Birth:September 22, 1947
Place of Birth:Morecambe, Lancashire, UK
Education:Degrees in English and American Studies, Keele University, Staffs, 1970
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“[Beverley] can be counted on to come up with clever and creative ways of mixing passion and intrigue to create a beguiling love story."—Booklist
“Wickedly, wonderfully sensual and gloriously romantic." —Mary Balogh
“Ms. Beverley’s opulent descriptions of the glittering ton with their witty dialogues and lively dalliances set against a dark background of intrigue continues to elevate this series beyond the normal historical romance.”—Smexy Books
“A fantastically entertaining historical romance.”—Night Owl Reviews
“Great read!”—Fresh Fiction
"Beverley proved again that she can be counted on to come up with clever and creative ways of mixing passion and intrigue to create a beguiling love story."—Booklist
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"Jo Beverley carries off a remarkable achievement in Lady Beware...it is the unusual combination of familial comfort and risqué pleasure that makes this book a winner." —The Romance Reader
"[E]nchanting… a delightful blend of wit (with banter between Thea and Darien), intrigue (as evil lurks throughout) and emotional victories (as love prevails in the end)." —The State (South Carolina)
"[Readers] will be engrossed by this emotionally packed story of great love, tremendous courage and the return of those attractive and dangerous men known as the Rogues." —Joan Hammond
"Jo Beverley has written an excellent character study. One of the best books I’ve read this season." —Affaire de Coeur
"A delightful, intricately plotted, and sexy romp set in the slightly bawdy Georgian world of Beverley’s beloved Malloren Chronicles." —Library Journal
"I found myself enjoying every minute of the relationship in this story of love, hope, and increments of witty humor. As usual, a Malloren novel is a keeper." —Rendezvous
"Jo [Beverley] has truly brought to life a fascinating, glittering, and sometimes dangerous world."—Mary Jo Putney
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