Politics can make spectacular bedfellows…
Prickly newspaperman’s widow Phoebe Sparks has vowed never to marry again. Unfortunately, the election in Lively St. Lemeston is hotly contested, and the little town’s charter gives Phoebe the right to make her husband a voter—if she had one.
The Honorable Nicholas Dymond has vowed never to get involved in his family's aristocratic politicking. But now his army career is over for good, his leg and his self-confidence both shattered in the war. Helping his little brother win an election could be just what the doctor ordered.
So Nick decamps to the country, under strict orders to marry Phoebe off to somebody before the polls open. He’s intrigued by the lovely widow from the moment she shuts the door in his face.
Phoebe is determined not to be persuaded by the handsome earl’s son, no matter how charming he is. But when disaster strikes her young sister, she is forced to consider selling her vote—and her hand—to the highest bidder.
As election intrigue thickens, bringing Phoebe and Nick face to face with their own deepest desires, they must decide which vows are worth keeping, and which must be broken…
Contains elections, confections, and a number of erections.
Phoebe Sparks, a widow living in the West Sussex town of Lively St. Lemeston, has strong political opinions and no desire to remarry. Unfortunately, thanks to an ancient law, any man who marries her gets two votes in the town's upcoming Parliamentary elections. Nick Dymond is ordered by his politically powerful mother, Lady Tassell, to find Phoebe a Whig husband, while charming Reginald Gilchrist pushes her to wed for the good of the Tories. Lerner's distinctive and likable cast of parents, siblings, reluctant suitors, and political opponents feels integral to the story. The election is small, but the stakes seem large: Lady Tassell will do anything to get her son Tony elected, no matter what it costs Nick, and it genuinely hurts Phoebe to sell out her political convictions, even to help her family. This rich and memorable Regency romance brings its setting and characters perfectly to life.