A liberated widow. An impoverished earl. A forced marriage may be just what they needed…
Lady Candace Daniel is finally free from her cruel, abusive husband. He’s in no position to order her around from six-feet under. And with all the fun she’s having on the social circuit, she intends to never let a man have that kind of power again…
Corin St. George has inherited an earldom and a ramshackle estate. He’s toiled for years to restore the property to its former glory, and he has little respect for the noblewomen around him squandering their husbands’ fortunes…
But when Corin is thrust into a compromising predicament at a ball, he’s forced to marry Candace, the unlucky widow who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Neither spouse has an interest in being together… until friends and fate conspire to show them the possibility of love…
If It Takes a Scandal is the fourth and final romance in the Marriage by Bargain series. If you like 19th century settings, stubborn but lovable characters, and second chances at happiness, then you’ll love Ruth Ann Nordin’s marital tale.
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Best developed characters and plot in this series
This was a much more complex story than the last three, with the other two each improving on the first.
There is still the lack of Regency research, too many modern Americanisms in narrative and speech, leaving me with the feeling this could have been set much later in the 19th century, up until the late 1950s. One example that irritated me in this series, was that the amount of money bet, spent, invested, acquired, or inherited are off by a factor of ten to one-hundred.
Because of these issues, I won’t be reading any of her other novels. The copy editor in me gets hauled out way too often to enjoy reading her work.