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Publisher Description

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.

“Matchless storyteller”(Romantic Times) Mary Balogh weaves a tantalizing web of wit and seduction in her new novel—an irresistible tale of two unlikely lovers and one unforgettable summer.

Kit Butler is cool, dangerous, one of London’s mostinfamous bachelors—marriage is the last thing on his mind. But Kit’s family has other plans. Desperate to thwart his father’s matchmaking, Kit needs a bride...fast. Enter Miss Lauren Edgeworth.

A year after being abandoned at the altar, Lauren has determined that marriage is not for her. When these two fiercely independent souls meet, sparks fly—and a deal is hatched. Lauren will masquerade as Kit’s intended if he agrees to provide a passionate, adventurous, unforgettable summer. When summer ends, she will break off the engagement, rendering herself unmarriageable and leaving them both free. Everything is going perfectly—until Kit does the unthinkable: He begins to fall in love. A summer to remember is not enough for him. But how can he convince Lauren to be his...for better, for worse, for the rest of their lives?

March 4
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Bornromantic ,

A heartfelt story about finding your place in the world

This is a heartfelt and tender book about two people who are trapped in the personas they've created for themselves. Lauren feels suffocated by her own perfect behavior, but unloveable without it, while Kit's outrageous charm hides a painful estrangement from his family. In the course of a false betrothal, her graceful manners help bridge the gap between Kit and his family, and Kit coaxes her into misbehaving, giving her the chance to learn that her friends and family will love her no matter what. A finely drawn, subtle take on the good girl / bad boy theme.

Saver83 ,


You can't help but fall in love with characters, and the story. Truly warms your heart, will make you sigh and say, "awwww".

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