A fake engagement becomes the real thing in this historical romance that New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes calls "first-rate Regency fun!" and is perfect for fans of Netflix's Bridgerton series!
Lady Clara Ashford had no intention of ever getting married. A rogue took advantage of her innocence when she was young, and she’s spent her whole life trying to make sure no one finds out. But now that her sister is engaged, Clara’s well-meaning aunt has set her sights on Clara. Desperate to avoid the matchmaking schemes, Clara’s not sure what to do—until her neighbor, the new Duke of Reigate, shows up on her doorstep in need of her help.
Quincy Nesbitt reluctantly accepted the dukedom after his brother’s death, but he’ll be damned if he accepts his brother’s fiancée as well. The only polite way to decline is to become engaged to someone else—quickly. Lady Clara has the right connections and happens to need him as much as he needs her. But he soon discovers she’s also witty and selfless, and if he’s not careful, he just might lose his heart.
A fake engagement to avoid an arranged marriage ends in wedding bells in Britton's fantastic second Isle of Synne Regency romance (after A Good Duke Is Hard to Find). When easygoing Quincy Nesbitt returns home, he's shocked to learn he's now the Duke of Reigate but his three cruel older brothers, all now deceased, have left the dukedom in dire financial straits. Lady Clara Ashford, Quincy's best friend's cousin, was manipulated out of her innocence at a young age and has vowed never to marry. When Quincy's mother attempts to force him to wed for money, however, Clara saves him by claiming she and Quincy are already engaged. They agree to keep up the pretense until after Clara's sister's upcoming nuptials, as it has the added benefit of helping Clara evade her aunt Olivia's matchmaking attempts. Despite the stress of potential bankruptcy and ruination and Quincy's mother's continued scheming, the couple's dynamic is fun and flirty and their easy emotional connection will win readers' hearts. Shame, redemption, and loyalty provide the backbone of this swoonworthy romance.