Published: October 29th 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Length: 336 pages
My Rating: 3 stars
The first book in a new Regency romance series, an heiress and a rogue accidentally end up in a secret marriage of convenience.
In a desperate bid to keep her fortune out of her cousin’s hands, shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed marries a condemned criminal in Newgate prison. The scoundrel’s first kiss is shockingly heated, but Georgie never expects to see her husband again. Until she spots him across a crowded ballroom. Notorious rogue Benedict Wylde never expected a wife. He was in Newgate undercover, working for Bow Street. To keep their marriage of convenience a secret, Wylde courts Georgie in public, but the more time they spend together, the more their attraction sparks. Could an heiress with the world at her feet find happiness with a penniless rake?
I found the plot for this to be a bit far fetched. Georgina marries Benedict never expecting to see him again. When she discovers he’s not only still in London but moving about in society she agrees to pretend to a courtship so they can marry openly, she also agrees to sex exploits as long as neither of them develops feelings for each other. There is also a mystery subplot that at times overwhelms the story.
This was an okay read, the characters are likeable, but it has way too much going on, and even with so much story it’s not memorable. This is the first in the series, and while I didn’t love this book, I will stick with the series.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.