Forced Into Marriage is Now Available!

This is book 4 of the Pioneer Series.  This is going to be the last book in it, so if you like to wait until an entire series is out before buying it, this will be a good time to get all of the books.  This way you can read the whole series at one time.

Here are all of the books in the Pioneer Series:

  • Book 1: Wagon Trail Bride – Richard Larson and Amanda’s romance
  • Book 2: The Marriage Agreement – Jesse Palmer and Laura’s romance
  • Book 3: Groom For Hire – Joe Otto and Michelle’s romance
  • Book 4: Forced Into Marriage – Brandon Herman and Lokni’s romance

For quick reference, here is the link to the Pioneer Series page on this blog.

Now here is the information on Forced Into Marriage

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A broken-hearted divorcee. A pregnant survivor. Can they turn an unwanted marriage… into love?

Brandon Herman wants to drink away his heartache. Divorced, disgraced, and out of work, the last thing he wants to do is marry again. When he’s strong-armed into marrying a Crow Indian woman, he only thinks of running away… until he learns his bride-to-be is nine months pregnant…

Lokni doesn’t trust her pale-skinned husband. After all, his kind raided her tribe, killed her loved ones, and stole her freedom. If it weren’t for the contractions, she would’ve already left her intoxicated groom. But until the baby is born, Lokni must bide her time and plan her escape…

As the unlikely couple embarks across the untamed West, Brandon’s support helps their friendship to blossom. They start to realize that it’s more than the baby that draws them together. But on the trail to a brighter future, not everybody they meet is interested in their happily ever after…

Forced into Marriage is a historical western romance set in a more realistic Wild West. If you like spirited characters, journeys of exploration, and the healing power of family, then you’ll love Ruth Ann Nordin’s stirring tale.

Buy Forced into Marriage to set a course for romance today!

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July 2017 Newsletter

Taming The Viscountess is Available!

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Here are the books in the Marriage By Bargain Series:

  • The Viscount’s Runaway Bride (Book 1)
  • The Rake’s Vow (Book 2)
  • Taming The Viscountess (Book 3)
  • If It Takes A Scandal (which will be out in September) (Book 4)

Here’s the description:

Sebastian Egan, Viscount Erandon, needs a significant amount of money in order to pay off his brother’s debts.  The sooner he gets it, the better.  But he’s not exactly what ladies are looking for.  Having lost half of his right leg while at sea, most ladies consider him to be a useless cripple, and in London where things are all about appearances, they don’t want to be seen with him.  Traditional means of finding a wife are not open to him.  He will need to find a creative way of marrying a lady who comes from a wealthy family.

As it just so happens, such a way opens up to him.  Miss Celia Barlow, nicknamed Miss “Shrew” Barlow, has upset her brother for the last time.  Her brother has had enough of her manipulative ways, and he’s offering a large dowry to the first gentleman who is willing to take her.  Sebastian, seeing his chance, takes the bait, and the wedding is set.

At once, Sebastian is drawn to Celia’s fiery spirit.  Yes, the others in London consider her to be a shrew, but that’s because they’re afraid of a lady who knows what she wants and goes for it.  His new wife is no timid wallflower.  She is full of passion, and, to his pleasure, that passion extends to the bed.

But soon, just having her body isn’t enough.  He wants to claim something much more precious.  He wants her heart.  But will he get it?

He used to think that being the captain of a ship was the most challenging thing he could do.  Now, he’s about to discover that being the husband of a lady with a fiery, independent spirit is far more challenging…and far more rewarding.

That aside, here is where you can find the book:

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Forced Into Marriage is with my editing team

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This is the last book in the Pioneer Series.  (Book 1: Wagon Trail Bride; Book 2: The Marriage Agreement; Book 3: Groom For Hire)

I’m hoping to get this out by the end of next month.  *fingers crossed*  I’m glad I wrote this one.  It was originally based on a dream I had one night.  The only other book that was based on a dream I had was Bride of Second Chances.  I don’t often dream my novels.

I’m 12,000 words into The Bride Price

I want to have this one out in October if possible, but it’s latest release date will be in November.

This is the first book in the Misled Mail Order Brides Series, and it is my first attempt at plotting a book.

So far, I haven’t lost interest in the story, which was one of my worries since I hear a lot of pansters say they lose enthusiasm for the book once they know what happens in it.  Maybe it’s because I’m used to pushing through books even when it feels like I’m pulling teeth.  I’d like to say every writing session is like Christmas day, but the truth is, a lot of it boils down to B-I-C (butt in chair).  Sometimes you just have to press through days when you don’t feel inspired to write.

I started Married In Haste

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This is book 2 in the Marriage by Fate Series.  (Book 1 is The Reclusive Earl)

We’ll finally get to Brad’s romance.  I’m excited about it because the poor guy has been wanting to get married in the worst way but hasn’t been able to find the right lady.  He won’t necessarily think she’s the right one, but trust me, she will be.  I know how to pair up couples who are perfect for each other (even if they themselves aren’t perfect.) 😉

I’m 12,000 words into The Outlaw’s Bride

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It’s slowly coming along, but I can’t manage more than 250 – 500 words at any one time in this one because of the other three projects.  Turns out three books at a time might be the most I can handle in serious word count on any given day.  (For me that is about 2,000 to 3,000 words.  I’m not the kind of author who can do 5,000 or more.  That would wear me out.   My method is slow and steady.) 🙂

I hope everyone has a great July!

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June 2017 Newsletter

In case anyone forgot, The Reclusive Earl is now available

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I didn’t do a special post when this book was released like I usually do.  I try not to clutter up this blog, so if a book is close enough to the first of the month, I will only include the information then.

Remember, this Book 1 in the Marriage by Fate Series.  I will start the next book (Married In Haste) in the series soon.

If anyone would like to get this and forgot it was out, here are the links where you can find it:

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Taming The Viscountess will be out June 25

Here are the books in the Marriage by Bargain Series:

  • The Viscount’s Runaway Bride (Book 1)
  • The Rake’s Vow (Book 2)
  • Taming the Viscountess (Book 3) – due out June 25!
  • If It Takes A Scandal (Book 4) – due out September or October (I am ahead of schedule on this one!)
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This is one of my favorites because it has a lot of great humor.  This is one of the few books where I did an alpha hero.  The heroine needed an alpha hero because she had such a strong personality.  I’ll be adding the pre-order link to this on Amazon in about a week.

I Finished Writing Forced Into Marriage

Here are the books in the Pioneer Series:

  • Wagon Trail Bride (Book 1)
  • The Marriage Agreement (Book 2)
  • Groom For Hire (Book 3)
  • Forced Into Marriage (Book 4) – Due out August (even though I have October in the pre-order.  I am ahead of schedule!)
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I’m happy to announce that I expect to have this book out in August!  I’m not sure when in August, though.  A lot of it depends on my editing team and their schedules.

This book will complete the Pioneer Series.  For those of you who enjoy historical western romances where the couple is on a trail heading west, that involves a Native American heroine, and that involves a baby, this book has all three.

If It Takes A Scandal is halfway done

As mentioned above under Taming The Viscountess, this is Book 4 in the Marriage by Bargain Series.  This is due out September or October, though since I’m almost halfway done, I’m hoping for September.

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This is Corin’s book.  Corin was the want Celia had wanted to marry.  Celia ended up with Sebastian instead in book 3.  So I had to give Corin to someone else.  As it turns out, Corin ends up with a lady he thinks was trying to take advantage of him (sexually speaking).  He assumed the heroine was trying to get into his pants.  He was wrong.  She was shoved at him, and she was trying to get away from him.  But while she was doing that, her hands happened to land in a certain place on his body.  Hence his reason for misunderstanding the situation.  I actually think it’s funny because he’s such a prude.  (This is my sense of humor at work.)  But from there, neither one like each other, and they spend almost an entire year apart until some matchmakers force them to be at his estate for three months.  Anyway, they are now stuck together in the country, and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

The Bride Price is finally being written

This is book 1 in the Misled Mail Order Brides Series.  I have about two more books planned, but I don’t have titles for those yet.  This is planned for a November release.

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After all this time of talking about Sep’s book, I am finally writing it.  (Sep was Joel Larson’s younger brother-in-law in Shotgun Groom.)  A lot of you have been waiting for this, and this is the year where he’ll finally get his happy ending.

I’m going to have to adjust the description because the characters have veered course off of what I had originally planned.  Instead of Sep bidding on her, he’s going to report the auction and rescue the three women from it.  The three women now need husbands.  Sep will take Angela (who is the heroine of this book).  There is the matter of a price that comes later in the story, but I need to tweak on the description before I’m ready to say more than this.

The Outlaw’s Bride is almost 10,000 words in

Here are the books in the Wyoming Series:

  • The Outlaw’s Bride (Book 1) – due out next June – August
  • The Rancher’s Bride (Book 2) – due out next June – August
  • Title to come (Book 3) – due out later 2018
  • not sure if there will be a book 4 (depends on how well Books 1-3 do)

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This is nothing like The Stagecoach Bride, which is what this is based on.  The characters have changed a lot, though a couple are pretty similar as they were in the other version.  Lillian is braver than before. Mic is softer than before.  Abby (Mic’s sister) is happy and fun.  Wade (Mic’s brother) is still brooding, but he’s quiet and polite.  Jeremiah (a family friend) doesn’t go around kissing girls, though he did used to be a preacher.

Mic and Lillian marry early on in the story, and I’m starting to think the attraction between them is instant unlike before.  I expect them to head for Charle’s ranch to rescue Wade’s son a lot sooner in the book, too.  We’ll see how things play out.  But A LOT of differences are coming in this one.

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Alright, I’ll stop here.  There’s a lot of good stuff planned, and I’m looking forward to writing all of these books and more!  Have a great June, everyone!

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May 2017 Newsletter

The Reclusive Earl is due out May 7!

This is Book 1 in the Marriage by Fate Series.  This is Opal Beaufort’s story.  Opal was Warren’s sister in The Earl’s Wallflower Bride.  She was the one who pretended to be crazy in order to avoid her mother’s wrath.  I wanted to pair her up with a hero who was insecure because she (better than anyone) would understand him.

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I don’t like to clutter up the blog if I don’t have to, and since May 7 is only a week away, I figure I’ll just give the description and post the links for your convenience.  So if you want, you can get it now.

Here’s a brief description:

It’s far easier to hide in the shadows than risk being hurt. When a very imperfect earl happens to be caught up in a scandal that forces him to marry the perfect lady, he can’t help but worry all his fears have just come true.

(I go into a longer description at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, and Smashwords.)

Here are the links:

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The first draft of Taming The Viscountess is now done!

This is Book 3 in the Marriage by Bargain Series.  Book 1 is The Viscount’s Runaway Bride.  Book 2 is The Rake’s Vow.  Book 4 is If It Takes A Scandal.

I’m on track to publish this book in June instead of August.

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This is Miss Celia Barlow’s book, and the chemistry between Celia and Lord Erandon (who was Captain Sebastian Egan in the earlier books) was dynamic.  I really enjoyed these two.  Celia, if you’ll recall, wasn’t all that likable in the earlier books. Sebastian was perfect for her.  He was kind but firm.  The kinds of things her brother used to let her get away with were not tolerated with him.  This book had a surprising amount of humor in it, and because of that, this is now my favorite Regency (of all I’ve done).  A Most Unsuitable Earl is my second favorite.

I’m halfway into Forced Into Marriage

This is the last book in the Pioneer Series.  Here are the other books: Wagon Trail Bride (Book 1), The Marriage Agreement (Book 2), and Groom For Hire (Book 3).

I am hoping to have this out in July, but it might not be until August.  We’ll see how things go.

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I do plan to bring Joe and Michelle (from Groom For Hire) back into this book at the end, but I’m not able to bring in the other characters from this series.  Brandon and Lokni (the hero and heroine of this book) are heading for California, and the other characters are in Nebraska.

I’m about 1/4 of the way into If It Takes A Scandal

This is the last book in the Marriage by Bargain series.  Book 1 is The Viscount’s Runaway Bride, Book 2 is The Rake’s Vow, and Book 3 is Taming The Viscountess.

I have this down for December, but I will have it out before then.  I just don’t know when yet, though.

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Celia (from Taming The Viscountess) will actually have a hand in matchmaking with the hero and heroine in this book.  Since she had a part (though not intentional) of getting Lord Durrant and Lady Hedwrett into a marriage neither of them wanted, she is going to manipulate things so that they will have to spend three months stuck together at his country estate.  (Celia might be nice by this point, but that doesn’t mean she’s stopped making up her schemes.  She’s just doing it for good instead of her own selfish purposes.)

Lord Durrant has a meddling mother and a younger brother who will be more than happy to play along.  I’m hoping there will be some humor in this one, but so far, the two main characters are pretty serious.  It might take the others to lighten things up.

I have started The Bride Price

This is Book 1 in the Misled Mail Order Brides series.

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This is Sep’s story.  Sep was Joel Larson’s younger brother-in-law in Shotgun Groom.  At the time Sep was 14.  In this book he’ll be 23, and he’ll be friends with Anthony and Mark Larson who are the twin sons born to Richard and Amanda Larson.  I do plan to have Anthony and Mark featured for books 2 and 3 in this series.

My aim is to have this out around October or November of this year.

I’m on Chapter 3 in The Outlaw’s Bride

This is going to be at least a three book series.  Book 1 is this book (The Outlaw’s Bride), Book 2 is The Rancher’s Bride, and I don’t have a title for Book 3 yet.  I also don’t know if there will be a Book 4.

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I’m going to be making slow progress on this one because it’s not due out until June-August 2018.  (Remember, this is the rewrite to The Stagecoach Bride.)  I want to have this one out at the same time Book 2 is ready.

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I’ll stop here since I’m late in getting this out.

I hope everyone has a wonderful May!

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The Stagecoach Bride is only going to be available until April 24

Ever since I announced doing a complete rewrite of The Stagecoach Bride, I’ve had people ask for the original version.  It seems that people want to compare the original to the rewrite.  That’s fine with me, but it can’t stay up there forever.

It is now permanently removed from sale.  But don’t worry.  I am doing a rewrite, and that one will be out around June-August 2018.  More information is below.

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I am going to do a massive rewrite of this book.  It’s going to change about 50-75% of this book.  I have Stephannie’s permission to do this.  I am also going to finish the rest of the series.  Since Stephannie created this world and the characters with me and will be adding historic flavor to the books, her name will be with mine on the author line.

Since I’m changing so much, I am going to give the book a brand new title, a new cover, and a new series name.

The new title will be The Outlaw’s Bride.  

The new series will be the Wyoming Series.

The new cover will be featured here when Stephannie’s done making it.

I will add in the description that it’s a rewrite of The Stagecoach Bride to help offset any confusion.

I expect to publish the new version June-August of 2018.  I will also be changing The Rancher’s Wife to The Rancher’s Bride, and yes, I will change that cover, too.

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April 2018 Newsletter

Hi, everyone!  I have a lot of exciting projects coming up.  At this point, we’re looking into what will be coming out from May through September.  The longer I’ve been at this writing and publishing thing, the easier it is to start planning out the schedule.  (It’s taken some time to learn how fast I write, how much time I need for edits, etc.  This year, I feel like I have a better handle on it.) 🙂

All that aside, let’s take a look at what’s coming…

The Reclusive Earl (Marriage by Fate: Book 1) is due out May 7

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Right now the book is with my editing team.  And just a heads up, this book starts a brand new Regency series.  It does take place in the same world all of the other Regencies do.  But this book will launch a new cast of main characters within the Regency world.   I am bringing back familiar faces, but instead of being secondary characters, they will be the focus.  For example, in this book (The Reclusive Earl), the heroine is Miss Opal Beaufort who is Lord Steinbeck’s sister.  (Lord Steinbeck was the hero in The Earl’s Wallflower Bride, and Opal was a secondary character.)

For quick reference, here are the books in the Marriage by Bargain Series:

  • The Viscount’s Runaway Bride (Book 1) – Anthony and Damara’s romance (already out)
  • The Rake’s Vow (Book 2) – Loretta and Tad’s romance (already out)
  • Taming The Viscountess (Book 3) – Celia and Sebastian’s romance (due out in May or June)
  • If It Takes A Scandal – Corin and Candace’s romance (due out in August or September)

Now, Opal’s book will begin a new Regency series called Marriage by Fate.  Here’s what I’m planning at the moment in this series:

  • The Reclusive Earl (Book 1) – Opal and Landon’s romance (coming out May 7)
  • The Earl’s Hasty Marriage (Book 2) – Brad and Ava’s romance (no date set for this yet)
  • Book 3 has no title yet, but I plan to make it Miss Tumilson’s romance (you’ll meet her in The Reclusive Earl)
  • I’m not sure if there will be a Book 4 (We’ll see what happens in this series)

Hopefully, that all makes sense.  I don’t usually write two separate Regency series at a time, but I was afraid I’d lose the “flavor” of Opal’s character if I didn’t write her book as soon as I finished The Earl’s Wallflower Bride.

Taming The Viscountess (Marriage by Bargain: Book 3) is over halfway done

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I have this down for release on August 26, but I expect to finish it up in April, so it should be out in May or June.

I’m really enjoying this book.  I know Celia is one of the most unpopular characters I’ve ever done, but it’s just so much fun to watch the battle of wills playing out between her and the hero (Captain Sebastian Egan, the Earl of Erandon).  This is the captain who lost part of his leg in The Rake’s Vow.  There’s a lot of humor in this book.  Some people don’t like my humor.  They find it immature, but I love Mel Brooks’ movies and satire.  So take that into consideration when it comes to how I handle comedy.

This is definitely lighthearted, and while Sebastian does put her in her place, he does it while also being a beta hero.  (If you’ve read my books, you know that I don’t do alpha heroes.  My heroes tend to be sweethearts.  So yes, he is a sweetheart, but he is not a pushover, which is where Celia’s brother differed.)  So for me, this book has been one of the funnest projects I’ve done in a long time.  I laugh most of the time while I’m writing it.

Forced Into Marriage (Pioneer Series: Book 4) is about 1/4 of the way done

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I have this set for release on October 7, but I expect to have it out in June or July.  Maybe August at the latest.

This is the final book in the Pioneer Series.

Here are the books in all:

  • Wagon Trail Bride (Book 1)
  • The Marriage Agreement (Book 2)
  • Groom For Hire (Book 3)
  • Forced Into Marriage (Book 4)

In Groom For Hire, Joe Otto dropped Brandon off in the Wyoming Territory because Brandon was drinking too much.  Brandon will have to face this problem during the course of this book (and he will quit drinking), but that’s more of the side plot.  The main plot is the marriage he’s forced into with a Native American woman who’s about to give birth to a child.  Neither one want to be in the marriage, but since they’re afraid the men who had raped and mistreated her will be coming for her, they head on southwest to California.

I will be bringing Joe and Michelle from Groom For Hire toward the end of this book because the Brandon and Lokni do end up making it to California.  This is one of those books with some tearful moments, but it does have a happiness underlying everything.  (I promise there’s a happy ending.  I hate sad ones.)

I have started If It Takes A Scandal (Marriage by Bargain: Book 4)

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I want to get this out in August or September, so I decided to start this before finishing up Taming The Viscountess.  Remember Candace Daniel, Lady Hedwrett, from Her Counterfeit Husband?  She was the friend of the heroine who was in a miserable marriage, and at the end of the book, her husband died (much to her relief).  Candace will be paired up with Corin St. George, the Earl of Durrant.  Neither are happy with the scandal that led them into marriage at the moment, but since this is a romance, that will change before the end of the book. 🙂

The Stagecoach Bride (Wild Hearts Series: Book 1) is getting a complete makeover

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Stephannie Beman and I have worked out an arrangement that allows me to take over the entire Wild Hearts Series.  From time to time, I get questions about this series.  Now I can say with 100% certainty that it has been picked up again.  So I am going to completely rewrite this.  I’m only on chapter 2 right now, so I’m not sure how much of this will change.  I still plan to have the heroine running from her fiancé, and Charles Gray will still be the problem for the hero’s family.  But elements about their relationship and his family will be modified.

Because I am completely rewriting this book, I plan to make it free when I finally publish it.  And because this one will be free, it will not be on pre-order.  Also, I’m waiting until I’m done with The Rancher’s Wife (Book 2) in this series before publishing this one.  Stephannie’s name will still be on the cover.  I will control the storyline, and she’ll add some details to make the historical flavor of this book “pop” out more as a historical western.

I expect there to be four books total in this series, but we’ll see how things play out.

I hope everyone has a great April!

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The Rake’s Vow (Marriage by Bargain: Book 2) is now available!

Here are the books in the Marriage by Bargain Series:

Book 1: The Viscount’s Runaway Bride (Anthony and Damara’s story)
Book 2: The Rake’s Vow (Loretta and Tad’s story)
Book 3: Taming The Viscountess (Celia and Sebastian’s story)
Book 4: If It Takes A Scandal (Corin and Candace’s story)
Please Note: Loretta’s brother (Brad) will get his book in the Marriage by Fate Series. I will have The Reclusive Earl (Book 1) out in May. Brad’s book will be #2. So I hope to have his book out later this year. *fingers crossed*

That aside, here is where you can find The Rake’s Vow.

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Here’s the description:

Thaddeus (Tad) Darkin, the Duke of Lambeth, used to be a rake. In fact, before Lord Edon was scandalizing the Ton, Tad was the one everyone was talking about. Many gentlemen secretly wished they had his charm with the ladies. All reputable ladies were warned to stay as far from him as possible, which only made him all the more attractive. Then, after a tragic event, he took a vow of celibacy, promising he would never be intimate with another lady again. Over the years, this caused him to be the most sought-after single gentleman in all of London. And even though he doesn’t want to marry, his steward left him in financial ruin, so whether he likes it or not, he must take a wife.

After being rejected by the gentleman she was hoping to marry, Miss Loretta Bachman is on a mission to save her reputation. She needs to marry someone who will impress the prestigious ladies in her social circle. So when she catches the leader of the group talking about the very handsome and hard-to-get Duke of Lambeth, she’s determined to get him to marry her. All she needs is a little bargaining power, and fortunately for her, she happens to have the money he needs to save his estate.

When she learns of his vow to remain celibate, she agrees to keep away from his bed. After all, her only reason for marrying him is to secure her social standing in London, not to have a love match. All she asks is that he pretends to be deeply in love with her when they’re in public. That way she will succeed in impressing the Ton. But before long, the lines between what is pretend and what is real starts to blur, and it’s hard to decide how far to push the limits of their agreement.

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