Although there's a slightly repetitive
plotline that runs through the Brides of Fortune series, Cornick capably keeps
this from becoming a detraction. Secrets, blackmail, murder, a scandal-prone young heiress and a duty-bound man in need of money set the tone for the emotionally charged last book in the trilogy.

Lady Elizabeth Scarlett has known Nathaniel, Lord Waterhouse, since childhood. He was a friend who was always there for her when she needed him. Now he needs her help, or so she thinks. She kidnaps him to stop him from marrying a woman he doesn't love.

Things don't go as planned. An innocent Lizzie's attempts at seducing Nat result in her being compromised, and Nat's wedding is called off. He's being blackmailed and needs a great deal of money. The only solution is to marry Lizzie for her money. But their marriage is not an easy one. Though a great passion burns between them, secrets, pride, a lack of trust and demons from the past keep them from revealing their true feelings. (HQN, Aug., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond