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Romance sizzles between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord in this fourth sexy novel in the Rules for the Reckless series from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Fool Me Twice.
They call her the “Ice Queen.” Catherine Everleigh is London’s loveliest heiress, but a bitter lesson in heartbreak has taught her to keep to herself. All she wants is her birthright—the auction house that was stolen from her. To win this war, she’ll need a powerful ally. Who better than infamous and merciless crime lord Nicholas O’Shea? A marriage of convenience will no doubt serve them both.
THE CRIME LORD
Having conquered the city’s underworld, Nick seeks a new challenge. Marrying Catherine will give him the appearance of legitimacy—and access to her world of the law-abiding elite. No one needs to know he’s coveted Catherine for a year now—their arrangement is strictly business, free from the troubling weaknesses of love. Seduction, however, is a different matter—an enticing game he means to ensure she enjoys, whether she wishes to or not. . . .
This flawless fourth novel in the Rules for the Reckless series, set in 1866 London, pivots seamlessly to Catherine Everleigh and Nick O'Shea, lively characters who won readers' hearts in Lady Be Good. Catherine is brilliant, hardworking, and beautiful. She shares the family auction house with her brother, Peter, who is embezzling and threatening to sell unless she marries a man who would forbid her to work, leaving business control to Peter. In desperation, Catherine embarks on a contractual marriage of convenience with Nick, a powerful businessman (and crime lord) in the East End. She uses the union to control Peter, whose political ambitions would suffer if the marriage became public. In return, Nick will have access to Catherine's high-end clientele for help with political turf battles. To be legal, the marriage must be consummated, but the couple has humorously different ideas of how the wedding night should go; escapades and contract-breaking romantic encounters follow, with loads of witty banter. These intelligent, multilayered characters embody the best aspects of this wonderfully indulgent series.