Love comes when you least expect it in this captivating new novel in the Westcott Regency romance series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.
Lady Jessica Archer lost interest in the glittering excitement of romance after her cousin and dearest friend, Abigail, was rejected by the ton when her father was revealed to be a bigamist. Now that she is twenty-five, however, Jessica decides it is time to wed. Though she no longer believes she will find true love, she is still very eligible. She is, after all, the sister of Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby.
Jessica considers the many qualified gentlemen who court her. But then she meets the mysterious Gabriel Thorne, who has returned to England from the New World to claim an equally mysterious inheritance. Jessica considers him completely unsuitable, especially when, while they are still barely acquainted, he announces his intention to wed her.
When Jessica guesses who Gabriel really is, however, and watches the lengths to which he will go in order to protect those who rely upon him, she is drawn to his cause--and to the man.
The reluctant heir to an earldom discovers love with the sister of a duke in the pitch-perfect eighth romance of Balogh's Westcott Regency series (after Someone to Remember). At the "old" age of 25, Jessica Archer, sister of the Duke of Netherby, decides the time has come to find a husband despite not being enamored with any of the men she's met during the London season. Then Gabriel Thorne, a British nobleman who fled England 13 years ago to become a successful Boston merchant, returns to town and boldly declares his intention to marry her. At the same time, the handsome Anthony Rochford, a man who anticipates inheriting the title of Earl of Lyndale, begins courting Jessica. Jessica is more attracted to Gabriel than to Anthony, though she's not sure if she actually likes him. But when Gabriel reveals that he's come to England to claim the title of Earl of Lyndale for himself, hoping to use it to prevent the eviction of his beloved aunt, Jessica finds herself all the more drawn to him. Balogh masterfully pulls back her characters' aristocratic facades to delve deep into their personalities. The riveting, fast-paced narrative contains just enough intrigue to keep the pages flying. Regency fans will be delighted.