Synopses & Reviews
Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices her magic in secret, terrified of the day she'll be locked into a marital collar, cutting off her magic to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus, permitted to pursue magic as her calling just as men do. But her family has staked everything on her Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them--by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling.
In a stroke of luck, Beatrice finds a grimoire that contains the key to becoming a Magus--but a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help her get it back, but there's a price: the spirit asks for Beatrice's first kiss--which just so happens to be with her adversary's brother, the handsome, compassionate, and wealthy Ianthe Lavan.
The more Beatrice becomes entangled with the Lavan siblings, the harder her decision grows: if she uses the grimoire to become a Magus, she'll devastate her family and lose the only man to ever see her for who she is. But if she marries--even for love--she'll sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. Beatrice must choose one... and regret the other, forever.