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Love begets madness. Viscount Locksley watched it happen to his father after his cherished wife’s death. But when his sire arranges to marry flame-haired fortune hunter Portia Gadstone, Locke is compelled to take drastic measures to stop the stunning beauty from taking advantage of the marquess. A marriage of mutual pleasure could be convenient, indeed . . . as long as inconvenient feelings don’t interfere.
Desperation forced Portia to agree to marry a madman. The arrangement will offer the protection she needs. Or so she believes until the marquess’s distractingly handsome son peruses the fine print . . .and takes his father’s place!
Now the sedate—and, more importantly, secure—union Portia planned has been tossed in favor of one simmering with wicked temptation and potential heartbreak. Because as she begins to fall for her devilishly seductive husband, her dark secrets surface and threaten to ruin them both—unless Locke is willing to risk all and open his heart to love.
Heath wraps up her Hellions of Havisham trio (after The Earl Takes All) with her strongest effort yet. Killian St. John, Viscount Locksley, sometimes wonders whether his name reflects his grieving father's regret that his mother died giving birth to him. He and his companions grew up on the lonely, supposedly haunted estate where he was born, gaining a reputation for wildness. Portia Gladstone is familiar with the family's character, but she's also desperate, so she doesn't hesitate to respond to Killian's father's advert for a new wife. Upon meeting her, Killian can't believe she'd marry his delusional father based on an exchange of letters. Thinking to protect his father from a second heartbreak and himself from the dangers of love, Killian invites Portia into a marriage of convenience. Despite his efforts to remain aloof, heat and caring grow between Killian and Portia, and she is immensely grateful for the security marriage brings. But a fateful trip to London reveals secrets that could be their undoing. Heath's passionate romance exposes the underside of Victorian London society, drawing readers into a dangerous world.