Determined to evade every marriage-minded female, Lord Raven and his friends concoct a scheme. Raven will marry a very ill, unconscious young woman and then wait to hear the news that he is a widower.
When Lady Leah suddenly appears on his doorstep he discovers that he has a very alive, very real, very witty and very beautiful wife. There are only a few problems; Leah wants a marriage in name only, one that will last until her sister finds a husband.
Raven soon realizes that hes glad not to be a widower, but Leah has a way of turning his emotions upside down. Shes forthright, clever, gorgeous, and now he has to win her or lose her.
Seeing her sister wed to the right man is all Leah thinks she wants. Being Ravens Duchess is more than she expects, but becoming Ravens lover is what she begins to crave.
There is great wit and delightful repartee within the pages of another sparkling gem from a real talent of the genre. A non-stop read with a cast of wonderful characters, MERELY MARRIED is one of the ideal marriage-of-convenience romances of the season. To be savored. SENSUAL (Nov., 400 pp., $5.99)