To keep the money, he has to keep her as well…Cecily Nottingham has made a huge mistake.
The marriage bed was still warm when the earl she thought she loved crawled out of it and announced that he loved someone else.
Loves. Someone else.
All he saw in Cecily was her dowry.
But he’s in for the shock of his life, because in order to keep the money, he has to keep her.
With nothing to lose, Cecily sets out to seduce her husband’s cousin, Stephen Nottingham, in an attempt to goad the earl into divorcing her. Little does she realize that Stephen would turn out to be everything her husband was not: Honorable, loyal, trustworthy…
Handsome as sin.
Stephen only returned to England for one reason—save his cousin’s estate from financial ruin. Instead, he finds himself face to face with his cousins beautiful and scorned wife.
Only now that he’s home, he isn’t sure what to do first, strangle his cousin, or kiss his wife.
His honor is about to be questioned, right along with his self-control.
Amid snakes, duels and a good catfight, Cecily realizes the game she’s playing has high stakes indeed.
There are only a few ways for a marriage to end in Regency England and none of them come without a high price. Is she willing to pay it? Is Stephen?
A ‘Happily Ever After’ hangs in the balance, because, yes, love can conquer all, but sometimes it needs a little bit of help.
What a wonderful story. A rake with a title seems to be the most dangerous thing. Cecily is in love and with a remarkably large dowry, she married her love. But once she is locked in, this changes quickly and quite dramatically.I liked Cecily in this story. Though she has been terribly used, she is willing to fight. And Stephen had more honor in his little pinky than most men of the ton.
The banter between Cecily and Stephen made the book, in my opinion. The wit and intelligence shown between the characters and in the way, they both dealt with each situation was refreshing.
The ending was poetry itself!
Well done and wonderfully written. I will look for more by this author in the future! This was a fantastic debut!
5 Stars for me!
From Amazon: Married to the same man for over 25 years, I am a mother to
three children and two Miniature Wiener dogsAfter owning a business and experiencing considerable success, my husband and I got caught in the financial crisis and lost everything; our business, our home, even our car.
At this point, I put my B.A. in Poly Sci to use and took work as a waitress and bartender.
Unwilling to give up on a professional life, I simultaneously went back to college and obtained a degree in Energy Management.
And then the energy market dropped off.
And then my dog died.
I can only be grateful for this series of unfortunate events, for, with nothing to lose and completely demoralized, I sat down and began to write the romance novels which had until then, existed only my imagination.
I am happy to have found my place in life.