From New York Times bestselling author Betina Krahn comes a sparkling new historical romance series that will ignite your spirit, and your heart . . .
When dashing, determined bachelor Rafe Townsend, and beautiful, impetuous Lauren Alcott are trapped into an engagement by their powerful business magnate fathers, their attraction suggests there may be pleasurable compensations to matrimony after all. Until an outing together puts a damper on their future . . .
Lauren is appalled when Rafe refuses to help two women whose boat has overturned on a river. Stripping her outer clothing, she dives in to rescue them herself—delighting a nearby reporter. Soon newspapers and scandal sheets have labeled Rafe as “less than heroic,” for all of London to see, while Lauren is viewed by many as brazen. Besieged by scandalous rumors, and with both their reputations in the balance, what ensues is a prickly scheme that will either forge a partnership of deception—or blaze a path to true love . . .
Praise for Betina Krahn’s Sin & Sensibility romances
“The very essence of romance . . . endlessly entertaining.”
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“Witty banter, strong chemistry, and a dollop of mystery propel this charming romance.”
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“Readers will gallop through the lighthearted love story.”
The busy, suspenseful Victorian-era romance that launches Krahn's new series (after Anyone but a Duke) puts a betrothed couple through the wringer to prove their compatibility. Lauren Alcott's engagement to Rafe Townsend was arranged by their fathers, who hope their union will save both families' shipping businesses. But when, on an outing, Lauren leaps to rescue two women from drowning while Rafe stands by, her heroic act earns her the moniker of Angel of the River and leaves Rafe labeled a coward by the press. Unable to stomach being with an unheroic man, Lauren calls off the engagement, upsetting both of their fathers, threatening their businesses, and causing a scandal. But that shock is soon eclipsed when Rafe and Lauren are assaulted, kidnapped, and held for ransom. With their lives in danger, each sees a side of the other they had not previously known. Rafe and Lauren are memorable characters, but their budding romance is somewhat overshadowed by the constant turmoil. Still, the mystery of who's behind their abduction is invigorating, and the secrets, lies, and danger keep the pages turning. This will best suit readers who like plenty of action mixed in with their romance. \n