Miss Loretta Bachman convinces a reformed rake, who has vowed to never sleep with another lady, to marry her and pretend he's deeply in love with her so she can impress the Ton.
Thaddeus (Tad) Darkin, the Duke of Lambeth, used to be a rake. In fact, before Lord Edon was scandalizing the Ton, Tad was the one everyone was talking about. Many gentlemen secretly wished they had his charm with the ladies. All reputable ladies were warned to stay as far from him as possible, which only made him all the more attractive. Then, after a tragic event, he took a vow of celibacy, promising he would never be intimate with another lady again. Over the years, this caused him to be the most sought-after single gentleman in all of London. And even though he doesn't want to marry, his steward left him in financial ruin, so whether he likes it or not, he must take a wife.
After being rejected by the gentleman she was hoping to marry, Miss Loretta Bachman is on a mission to save her reputation. She needs to marry someone who will impress the prestigious ladies in her social circle. So when she catches the leader of the group talking about the very handsome and hard-to-get Duke of Lambeth, she's determined to get him to marry her. All she needs is a little bargaining power, and fortunately for her, she happens to have the money he needs to save his estate.
When she learns of his vow to remain celibate, she agrees to keep away from his bed. After all, her only reason for marrying him is to secure her social standing in London, not to have a love match. All she asks is that he pretends to be deeply in love with her when they're in public. That way she will succeed in impressing the Ton. But before long, the lines between what is pretend and what is real starts to blur, and it's hard to decide how far to push the limits of their agreement.
About the Author
I am a stay-at-home mom of four school-aged boys and the proud wife of a veteran of the US Air Force. I live in Montana where I am fortunate to spend my days creating new worlds with characters I fall in love with. I have written fifty romances and have plans to write many more in the years to come.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have enjoyed reading this story along with all the others. The many series by this author are very enjoyable to me. I especially loved the characters in this book. It was a sweet love story and a quick read. Can't wait for more by Ruth Ann. Fun reads.
I loved getting to see Loretta’s transformation. She’s been Celia’s sidekick and easily influenced by her for far too long. I admired her willingness to seek advice from Darmara on how to change herself and become a different person. She actually strives to become someone nicer, better, kinder. She starts to place other people ahead of herself and finds a person she likes. Tad has carried an enormous weight of guilt for his past and is determined not to be the man he was. Together they find happiness, new friendships and unexpectedly love. These two bring out the goodness in each other. I’m looking forward to seeing them in the rest of the series. Adult read