Synopses & Reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Mary Balough comes a classic historical tale that sizzles with romance and unforgettable drama. Reginald Masson is wealthy refined and by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by birth, a factor that pains him and his father. Bernard Mason, with the Regency society that upholds station love all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancement arises, namely, Lady Annabelle Ashton. Daughter of the Earl of Havercroft, a neighbor and enemy of the Mason family, Annabelle finds herself disgraced by a scandal, one that has left her branded as damaged goods. Besmirched by shame, the earl is only too happy to marry Annabelle off to anyone willing to have her. Though Bernard wishes to use Annabelle to propel his family up the social ladder, his son does not to marry her, preferring instead to live as the wild, single life he is accustomed to. With this, Bernard serves his son an ultimatum: marry Annabelle, or make do without family funds. Having no choice, Reginald consents and enters into a hostile engagement in which the prospective bride and groom are openly antagonistic, each one resenting the other for their current state of affairs while their respective fathers revel in their suffering. So begins an intoxicating tale rife with dark secrets, deception, and the trials of love-a story in which very little is as it seems.
Reginald Mason has exhausted his fathers last iota of good will with his spoiled attitude, exorbitant shopping tabs, and excessive gambling debt. Annabelle Ashton has just embarrassed her family by trying to run off with the coachman. Their fathers, who are life-long rivals, finally come to an agreement in which they decide that their children should marry, which would propel Reginald up the social ladder and save Annabelle from disgrace.
Having no choice, the two consent, entering into a hostile engagement in which they are openly antagonistic, each one resenting the other for their current state of affairs, while their respective fathers revel in their suffering.
So begins an intoxicating tale rife with dark secrets, deception, and the trials of lovea story in which very little is as it seems.
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Slightly Wicked" comes another classic historical tale that sizzles with romance and unforgettable drama.
A romantic novella from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh
About the Author
Mary Balogh grew up in Wales, and after graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada. She has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet. She lives in Regina, Canada.