Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty continues with a pair of star-crossed childhood friends who meet again years later—and find love where they least expect it . . .
Katherine Brooke may be a fabulously wealthy heiress, but she’s trapped, a pawn in her parents’ ruthless game to marry her into the nobility. Then Captain Hugo Penhallow—so charming, as handsome as a Greek god—comes into her life once more, and suddenly she sees a chance to be free.
As a Penhallow, his is one of the highest names in the land, but still his family is facing ruin. So Katherine boldly proposes an exchange: his name for her money. But only if Hugo understands it’s merely a practical arrangement, and that she’s not surrendering herself entirely.
Back from eight years in America and determined to give his younger siblings a better life, Hugo agrees. He’s never fallen in love, so why not? Yet neither of them guesses that this marriage will become far, far more than they ever dreamed of . . .
In Berne's marvelous third Penhallow Dynasty Regency (after The Laird Takes a Bride), reunited friends find that a hasty marriage leads to significant challenges. Capt. Hugo Penhallow hopes to marry well to restore his family's fortunes. He sets his sights on Katherine Brooke, a childhood friend. Katherine is not the amiable girl he remembers; she has succumbed to her parents' pressure to display the trappings of their wealth with her ostentatious dress, and is so eager to get out from under their stifling control that she breaks convention and proposes to Hugo. As Hugo and Katherine adjust to married life, she surprises him with glimpses into her caring nature and confuses him by first displaying a sudden eagerness for intimacy and then stifling it because she thinks he regrets their marriage. But Hugo discovers that she desires him and Katherine learns that she is worthy of his affection in a slow development that's beautifully written. Regency fans will love this forthright, intellectual heroine and affable, resourceful hero.