First in a daring Regency series. “A delight from start to finish with swashbuckling action, scorching love scenes, and a coolly arrogant hero to die for.”—Elizabeth Hoyt, New York Times bestselling author
Lady Euphemia Marlington hasn’t been free in seventeen years—since she was captured by Corsairs and sold into a harem. Now the sultan is dead and Mia is back in London facing relentless newspapermen, an insatiably curious public, and her first Season. Worst of all is her ashamed father’s ultimatum: marry a man of his choosing or live out her life in seclusion. No doubt her potential groom is a demented octogenarian . . .
Adam de Courtney’s first two wives died under mysterious circumstances. Now there isn’t a peer in England willing to let his daughter marry the dangerously handsome man the ton calls The Murderous Marquess. Nobody except Mia’s father, the desperate Duke of Carlisle. Clearly Mia must resemble an aging matron, or worse. However, in need of an heir, Adam will use the arrangement to his advantage . . .
But when the two outcasts finally meet, assumptions will be replaced by surprises, deceit by desire—and a meeting of minds between two schemers may lead to a meeting of hearts—if the secrets of their pasts don’t tear them apart . . .
“Readers will love this lusty and unusual marriage of convenience story.”—Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author
“Smart, witty, graceful, sensual, elegant and gritty all at once. It has all of the meticulous attention to detail I love in Georgette Heyer, BUT WITH SEX!”—Jeffe Kennedy, RITA Award-winning author
The diverting first in Spencer's Outcasts Regency series features a matched set of high-ranking misfits whose love affair doesn't even begin to play out until after their wedding. Lady Euphemia "Mia" Marlington was kidnapped at the age of 15 and spent the next 17 years in the harem of a ruthless Middle Eastern monarch. When she finally escapes and returns home to London, it's to a father who wants her properly wed and out of his house the sooner, the better. Hiding the truth of her extended absence proves problematic when she meets Adam de Courtney, aka the Murderous Marquess, whose first two wives died under mysterious circumstances. He immediately sees through her hilariously implausible cover story. They're drawn to each other by both physical chemistry and their mutual outcast status, but their secrets threaten to drive them apart. The fast-paced plot is elevated by Mia and Adam's wicked repartee, savvy wit, and energetic libidos.