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A shy heiress and a well-known rake face a scandal-forced marriage that might be true love in the latest irresistible romance from the national bestselling author of Marry in Haste.
Shy young heiress, Lady Lily Rutherford, is in no hurry to marry. She dreams of true love and a real courtship. But when disaster strikes, she finds herself facing a scandal-forced marriage to her rescuer, Edward Galbraith, a well known rake.
Despite his reputation Lily is drawn to the handsome Galbraith. In the gamble of her life, she agrees to marry him, hoping to turn a convenient marriage into a love match.
As heir to a title, Galbraith knows he must wed, so a convenient marriage suits him perfectly. But there is a darkness in his past, and secrets he refuses to share with his tender-hearted young bride. All Lily's efforts to get close to him fall on stony ground, and in desperation she retreats to his childhood home--the place he's avoided for nearly a decade.
Must Lily reconcile herself to a marriage without love? Or will Galbraith realize that this warm-hearted, loving girl is the key to healing the wounds of his past--and his heart?
Gracie's vivid second Marriage of Convenience Regency (after Marry in Haste) lands a veteran and an heiress in a hurried union. After heiress Lady Lily Rutherford is abducted by a man who plans to force her into marriage, she escapes with the help of Ned Galbraith, a friend of her brother Cal. Ned, a reputed rake who's been emotionally scarred by his military experiences, enjoys spending time with Lily as they travel back to London and share a memorable kiss. Though they believe they have avoided the scandal of being seen traveling together unchaperoned, London's gossipmongers spread rumors that Lily has been seduced by Ned, and he proposes marriage to save her reputation. Lily is determined to make their marriage a good one, believing that Ned's promise to take care of her may grow into love, but misunderstandings and secrets threaten their burgeoning happiness. The novel is enhanced by swift plotting and an authentic relationship between flawed characters who are real and believable. Fans of marriage-of-convenience stories will have no regrets about picking up this one.