THE DUTIFUL RAKE
Tall, handsome and a bit cynical, rakish Marcus Langley, Earl of Rutherford, is a confirmed bachelor. But at 35, he decides to look for a wife.
When Marcus visits property left to him by a great-uncle, he discovers not only is the estate in deplorable condition, but a dependent of his tightfisted uncle, Miss Meg Fellowes, is ill with influenza. He nurses her back to health.
In order to protect her reputation, Marcus proposes a marriage of convenience, which she agrees to. Though Marcus is proud that Meg is accepted by the ton, their marriage does not run smoothly, and his old nemesis proves a great danger to Meg.
With poignancy and sensuality, Rolls pens a story of a woman who hides her love for fear of being rejected and a man who is afraid that love and happiness will be taken away from him if he cares too much. SENSUAL (Jul., 297 pp., $5.50)