A Rearranged Marriage
Lord Curan Ramsden is home from war, and eager to claim his betrothed. And he arrives just in time--his bride's father has summoned her to London, to wed another man. But Bridget's father promised her to Curan, and Curan means to have her. Especially now that he sees the luscious young woman she has blossomed into. He'll just have to convince Bridget, somehow, that her heart is more important than her duty. . .
Bridget Newbury has always done her duty--to her parents, to the church, to the man they selected as her betrothed. She knows what could happen if she disobeys her father. The king has put nobler women to death for lesser trespasses. But she was promised to Curan first, and his kisses are very tempting. . .
Praise for the Novels of Mary Wine
". . .delightful characters and a charming romance. . .definitely a must-read." --Heather Graham on In Bed with a Stranger
"A bold and lusty hero, a brave heroine, and intrigue at the royal court of Scotland. . .sexy and exciting as the Highland hills themselves!" --Elizabeth Hoyt on In the Warrior's Bed
In this original and captivating 16th-century romance, Wine tantalizes readers with a tale of passion and longing. Bridget Newbury, betrothed to the handsome and capable Lord Curan Ramsden, is inexplicably called to London by her father to marry another. An esteemed knight who has ridden alongside King Henry VIII, Curan defends his right to marry Bridget and carries her off. Bridget's mother arranged to have her tutored for marriage by a courtesan, and the young woman's sexual awakening brings with it newfound courage and confidence that she will need as she finds herself hauled toward the dangerous Scottish-English border and torn between duty to her father and her increasing affection and yearning for her betrothed. Readers will cheer on Wine's delightfully clever and sharp-tongued protagonist and will be glued to the passion, humor, escapades, and court intrigue till the very last page.