Dark Secrets, Deep Bayous (A Secrets of the Bayous Novel) by Meg Hennessy
A love kindled behind two masks...
A wealthy woman of mixed blood, Aurélie Fentonot has few options for marriage, but she also carries a burden: she must break a curse placed on the land of her ancestors. She sells herself to an American planter to reclaim the land he stole, though he stirs a deep, burning passion that could too easily distract her. But her American has dark secrets that threaten her plans...and could shatter her heart.
A curse that demands their unmasking...
Jordan Kincaid must marry the Creole beauty or face arrest as a pirate before he completes his dire mission. Though he'll risk everything for revenge, Aurèlie's soothing and seductive ways remind him there's more to life than vengeance. But he's not as he pretends and when danger closes in on them, Jordan soon learns...neither is she.