Married to her enemy...
Two years after losing her beloved fiancé to war, Tess Blanchard feels ready to chance love again. Thus, she's aghast when a threatening scandal forces her to wed her longtime nemesis, Ian Sutherland, Duke of Rotham. The impossibly arrogant, irresistibly seductive nobleman is the last man she could ever imagine loving! Making matters worse, Tess discovers secrets in Rotham's wicked past that send her fleeing London for his remote castle in Cornwall.
Having long desired Tess, Ian is exasperated that the ton thinks he's driven his reluctant new bride from their marriage bed and so follows hard on her heels. Can blazing desire between two warring hearts ever turn into wedded bliss?
Jordan concludes her Courtship Wars Regency trilogy with a clich d romance featuring a saintly, sassy heroine determined to protect her heart; a rake who constantly meddles in the heroine's life; a forced marriage; and a ghostly subplot at a castle on the coast. Two years after Tess Blanchard's fianc was killed at war, she falls into the arms of his cousin Ian Sutherland, the duke of Rotham. The two are caught by Tess's patroness, who insists they marry. Tess responds to Ian physically, but despises his wicked reputation and high-handed manner. Ian, actually quite deserving of love, keeps major secrets that fit the narrative but highlight his astounding lack of emotional self-awareness. Add a series-linking subplot involving a onetime courtesan, a child who may or may not be the hero's by-blow, and predictably purple love scenes, and the checklist is complete.