A marriage born of passion and scandal turns into something more from the bestselling author of Marry in Secret.
When a duke denied . . .
The proud and arrogant Duke of Everingham is determined to secure a marriage of convenience with heiress, Lady Georgiana Rutherford. He's the biggest prize on the London marriage mart, pursued by young unmarried ladies and their match-making mamas, as well as married women with a wandering eye. He can have any woman he wants. Or so he thinks. . .
...Hunts an independent lady . . .
Lady Georgiana Rutherford--irreverent and unconventional--has no plans to marry. Having grown up poor, Lady George has no intention of giving up her fortune to become dependent on the dubious and unreliable goodwill of a man. Especially a man as insufferable as the Duke of Everingham, whose kisses stirs unwelcome and unsettling emotions . . .
...Sparks are sure to fly
The more she defies him, the more the duke wants her, until an argument at a ball spirals into a passionate embrace. Caught in a compromising position, the duke announces their betrothal. George is furious and when gossip claims she deliberately entrapped the duke--when she was the one who was trapped--she marches down the aisle in a scarlet wedding dress. But the unlikely bride and groom may have found love in the most improbable of places--a marriage of convenience.
An arrogant duke changes his ways in Gracie's alluring fourth Marriage of Convenience romance (after Marry in Secret). Freespirited Lady Georgiana "George" Rutherford has no desire to be married, but that only makes her more appealing to Redmond "Hart" Hartley, Duke of Everingham, who sees her independent nature as an opportunity to gain a wife and an heir while still maintaining his bachelor lifestyle. He attempts to trap George into marriage by kissing her where he knows they'll be discovered, but it's only when Hart's mother tricks George by pretending to be on her deathbed that George agrees to the proposal. It's his mother's horrible behavior that finally makes Hart see that he too has behaved abominably; he offers to release George from their betrothal, but it's too late. Married life is different than either of them expected, leading them both to reevaluate just how independent they hope to be. Though Hart's redemptive path toward viewing George with love and respect is satisfying to witness, his early behavior will turn off some readers before he can get there. Still, George is an admirable heroine and the chemistry between her and Hart is magnetic. Series devotees will be satisfied by this emotional Regency.