He's a tradesman; she's a marchioness. They have only one thing in common....
Having married once out of desperation, the Virgin Widow Lady Belden has no intention of giving up her independence… until her long-lost siblings arrive on her doorstep. By law their guardianship belongs to the power-hungry marquess of Belden, but Bell will defy law and society to keep her newly reunited family together.
Formidable in trade, unlucky in love, Lord Quentin Hoyt has eyed Lady Bell from afar—not just because she possesses the family fortune, but because she’s the most desirable woman he’s ever met. Now that the widowed Bell is ripe for seduction, the shrewd Scotsman is prepared to negotiate the business merger of his lifetime.
Who will be the victor when the imperial Lady Bell engages the clever Lord Quentin in a battle of wits over life, lust, and love?
Rice's refreshing fourth Rebellious Sons historical (after Notorious Atherton) examines the difficulties faced by strong, independent women in the male-oriented world of Regency England. Isabell "Bell" Hoyt, Dowager Marchioness of Belden, inherited her husband's wealth when he died, but his title and lands passed to the next male heir in line, Lachlann Hoyt. When her newly orphaned young siblings arrive on her doorstep from America and disrupt her idyllic London existence, she's distressed to learn that her father's will names the children's nearest male relative as their guardian. Lachlann's son Quentin considers offering to marry Bell so she can help raise her siblings, but Bell is determined never to be governed by any man again, even one she finds very attractive. Rice has crafted her novel with plenty of witty, engaging characters and a healthy dose of romance. Clever Bell is a splendid protagonist, and readers will cheer her efforts to get men to take her seriously and treat her as an equal.
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A great ending to a wonderful series!
It’s like reading the same book twice!
If you read Wicked Wyckerly, than there’s no reason to read this. It’s the same exact plot! A woman agrees to marry a man to save her relatives/sibling from a perceived mean guardian and the man does not think that women can look after themselves and others but the woman still falls in love with the man. And eventually, the man realizes that women are just as capable as men. I paid to read this book and was sorely disappointed, especially since I’d just read Wicked Wyckerly.