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by Edith Layton

Genre: Historical Romance
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: Regency England

2008 Regency-Set Historical Romance Nominee

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Layton tackles the tried-and-true marriage of convenience romance with aplomb. Her well-developed characters and a strong understanding of the era bring readers into this deeply touching story.

Ian Sutcombe inherits the title of Marquis Sutcombe -- along with its responsibilities and empty coffers. It's imperative that he marry for money. The woman he finally chooses in what is to be a marriage of convenience is Miss Hannah Leeds, the daughter of
a very wealthy merchant.

Hannah agrees to the marriage even though she knows there will be no love or passion in it. After being jilted by a former suitor, she no longer believes in love, but she develops a fondness and, eventually, love for her stern, aristocratic husband. Will the return of Hannah's suitor, bent
on malicious mischief, become a wedge
in her marriage to Ian? And can Ian learn
to trust his delightful wife and turn this marriage of convenience into one of devotion, joy and love? (Avon, Dec., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Joan Hammond

Publisher: Avon

Published: December 2008

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