He's the most notorious rake in England. She's a Perfect Lady. Their secrets will come tumbling out. . .
A sexy opposites attract fake engagement romance!
Lady Emily can't afford a scandal. Her sister's debut is just weeks away and she has her pteridology group to safeguard. It's bad enough to be stuck in a hole overnight with Lord Markshall, and worse to have kissed him. Marriage is unthinkable. But newspaper hearsay on their "frolics and fernication" after a fern hunting accident puts everything she's worked for in jeopardy.
Lord Markshall's whole political career is based on manipulation and disguise. Lady Emily's polite insults are just the thing to prove to himself, and everyone else, that he's still an unworthy rake. He wants her desperately, but even a fake engagement is too good for him.
With Emily's sister's debut and a major political vote coming up, their reputations-good and bad-have never been more critical. The newspaper gossip is edging toward the truth, threatening to incinerate everything they hold dear. Can they understand, accept, and love each other, before it's too late?
Tropes: forced proximity; fake engagement; opposites attract; enemies to lovers;
Characters: rake hero; perfect socialite heroine;
Setting: mid-Victorian England
Feel: angsty; political; all-the-feels; passionate; hiding in plain sight;
Heat level: medium-high
Length: 71,000 words
Fully re-edited Summer 2021
Read with confidence - a stand-alone romance with a Happily Ever After ending