USA Today bestselling author Linda Needham crafts a passionate tale of Beauty and the Beast in this mismatched, marriage-of-convenience between a dark and brooding financier, and a free-spirited travel-writer.
Felicity Mayfield has no choice: marry cold-hearted financier, Hunter Claybourne, or he will throw her into Victorian London's most notorious debtor's prison for the crimes committed against him by her uncle. But before she agrees, she proposes a bargain: she'll become his wife, in name only for one brief year–if he allows her the freedom to continue living an independent life as a roving travel writer.
Hunter never suspected a wife could be such a nuisance. The marriage-of-convenience was supposed to be a simple business arrangement. Instead, she invades his cavernous home, rearranges the furniture, wins over his servants, and blinds him with her sunlight. Her constant presence is unsettling, her lavender scent enchanting, her skin a soft temptation. Suddenly it seems only right that she should wear his ring…and share his bed. After all, she is his wife. Yet even as Felicity opens a chink in Hunter's heart, her exposé of the scandalous workhouses threatens to uncover his darkest secret, forcing him to choose between his hard-won empire and the miracle of love.