Publisher Description

When Nathaniel (Nate) Buford’s brother died, the title of Earl of Roderick passed to him, as did the duty to get an heir, a duty he doesn’t want. Now he must find a lady who suits him among the money-grubbing Ton and marry her, but it is not as easy as he would want. Fate is about to play him another unfair hand, as a moment’s kindness to a lady has him trapped by scandal to a family that is reported to desire money above all else.

Miss Claire Lowell desires marriage to a kind and respectable gentleman who she could love, but one moment might destroy it all. Despite all her protests that the scandalous circumstances were merely an accident, her family forces to accept Lord Roderick’s marriage proposal, and now she is tied to a man who blames her for trapping him into a marriage that neither of them wanted.

Can she convince him she didn't trick him into marriage or will she be confined to the loveless marriage she fears?

May 18
Ruth Ann Nordin
Smashwords, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Trappercat11 ,

The earl's wife wasn't really inconvenient.

This is a traditional regency romance. The beginning was in London during The Season. The sisters are looking for husbands.

The author spent the time developing personalities and a minimum of time on describing locations. We really only know of about 5 or 6 of the characters.

The sex scenes weren't great, and if there wasn't a "need", it would have been fine without the details. I like those scenes in contemporary books, but it doesn't play the same in historical books.

I liked the book, but I wouldn't say I loved it.

ElaNoraJemm ,

Good concept poor execution

I liked the idea of the story but it all falls apart to complacency three quarters of the way through. Did not finish.

My Passion Is Reading ,


I have read a lot of books by Ruth Ann Nordin and loved them!

I really tried to like this book, but I just couldn’t. The book doesn’t use the vernacular of the time period. Also, conversations are awkward and don’t flow well.

The plot could have made a good story. Getting married in this time period, due to being caught in a compromising situation, isn’t a new idea, but I have read quite a few books along this line and loved them.

For the book to be successful, you have to like the main characters. Nate and Claire are very hard to like. They both act childish, especially Claire. She consistently acts like a petulant child. In the church right after the conclusion of the wedding ceremony, she demands an annulment and repeatedly tells her parents that she doesn’t want to go home with her husband. Then at the inn, she throws a tantrum and accuses him of lying to her about only one room being available. Also, as soon as they arrive at their country home, she demands to go back to London in front of their staff. I could go on and on, but you get the point. If she is really this immature, she shouldn’t be out in society, but back in the schoolroom learning decorum lessons.

I love the author, but not this book.

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