HEIRESS IN LOVE
With this delightful debut Brooke demonstrates her ability for creating a charming cast of characters who are the perfect players in the first of the Ministry of Marriage series. Marriage-of-convenience fans will rejoice and take pleasure in this enchanting read.
Though Lady Jane Roxdale cared for her husband and mourns his death she is far more concerned about what will happen to her home and her adopted son once the new Lord Roxdale arrives. Jane followed the Ministry of Marriage’s decree that she wed Fredrick, but she refuses to allow her guardian or the Ministry to interfere in her life again. Constantine Black is the black sheep of the family; a rakehell who vows to never be shackled to a wife. Then he unexpectedly acquires a title and an estate, but no funds to go with it. It seems Fredrick left his wealth to Jane. The only way for Constantine to save the estate and for Jane to keep her son is to marry. Constantine does his best to seduce Jane and though she feels the heat, she resists, but it’s a losing battle. Suddenly each wants more than to save a house; they want to build a home. But a secret from the past threatens their future. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jul., 368 pp., 7.99)