A Perilous Marriage
All Eris wants is a love match…
Miss Eris Tumilson longs for a love match. Unfortunately, being a wallflower who spends most of her time reading and doing embroidery isn’t the kind of thing that attracts gentlemen. But, at long last, the spinster gets her chance. Her brother arranges a marriage for her with the Duke of Jowett.
When her new husband dies on their wedding night, her hopes are dashed. There will be no love match. There’s not even the prospect of a child on the way. Though a widow, she might as well still be a spinster.
Then Mr. Charles Duff comes along to visit her, and something begins to stir up within her that she was determined to put behind her once and for all: the desire for a love match.
All Charles wants is to prove his friend was murdered…
Charles would rather focus on his investments than take a wife. But when his friend dies on his wedding night, he knows it’s not from natural causes. His friend was murdered. And he’s sure Eris did it.
The problem? He has to prove it since no one believes him. So he comes up with a plan to make Eris believe he’s fallen in love with her.
Little does he realize that as soon as he steps through the doorway of her townhouse, he’ll start to discover that this shy wallflower is a hidden gem among ladies…and it’ll be difficult to tell the difference between pretending to be in love and really being in love.
*Charles originally showed up in Kidnapping the Viscount (Marriage by Fate Series: Book 5).
During the first several chapters, I was very annoyed—sure that a major blowup would happen and the book would be waaay too obvious. I kept reading to find out whether I was wrong and somehow things would work out. Very glad I did. They worked out even better than I’d hoped.
Good but simple
The main characters are idiots. Interesting story idea but the main characters fumble through simple investigations with idiotic character assumptions. I’ve never read a more dull and simple minded female protagonist
A frustrating read…not worth the time
This was a frustrating book to read. The author made it nearly impossible to like Charles, and Eris’ personality was flat. The story was just dragged out and it was hard to get through each scene. There were also a lot of things in the book that didn’t fit or make sense. After the duke died, there was no mention of who inherited his title, money, etc. It was 1825, but Eris was marrying the duke at 35 years old?! Other than seeing a lady’s maid at the beginning of the book, no other valets or lady’s maids seemed to be around. Many other details and situations were “off.” I struggled to get through this book!