Next in the USA Today–bestselling Regency romance series—A daring rescue, a disreputable reputation, and a dangerous road ahead.
Lady Charlotte Carpenter’s brother-in-law has put an infamous brothel owner out of business—yet it is Charlotte who suffers the consequences. Abducted by thugs and held at an inn, she is plotting her escape when she’s suddenly rescued by a dashing gentleman. Only afterward does she realize she’s seen him before—with two courtesans! Unwilling to tarry with such a man, Charlotte makes her second escape. But it is too late to repair her reputation…
A known gossip has spied Charlotte’s movements, and his report is speeding through the rumor mill. Soon, everyone knows that Charlotte spent the night with Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. And everyone agrees the only answer is marriage, including Constantine himself, his overjoyed mother—and his mistress! But Charlotte’s abductors aren’t finished with her yet. Now Constantine will do anything to protect the spirited woman he loves and win her heart…
“Romance builds in this satisfying, memorable read, perfect for fans of Grace Burrowes and Tessa Dare.”—Booklist
“A surprising Regency romance that combines intelligence and intrigue for satisfying results.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Full of payoffs for longtime readers while welcoming the new.”—Publishers Weekly
Quinn's smart fourth Worthingtons Regency romance (after It Started with a Kiss) continues the tale of the Worthingtons' first society season. When Lady Charlotte Carpenter is kidnapped by someone who plans to sell her to a client of the cunning madam Miss Betsy, Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth, is the only one on hand to assist her. A carriage chase out of London and a dashing rescue from an inn arouse their passions, but the moment Charlotte discovers her companion is a man notorious for keeping mistresses, she is committed to a low opinion of him even when the compromising situation surrounding her kidnapping forces them to claim that they're betrothed. Constantine's dedicated respect for her and thoughtful reflection when challenged show her that he's more than a man who pays for women, and that marrying him wouldn't be so bad. This installment is more tightly plotted than some earlier ones and full of payoffs for longtime readers while welcoming the new.