By Stephie Smith
Winner of the Virginia Romance Writers of the United States Holt Medallion Award of benefit, Romance Writers of America's Gulf Coast Silken Sands Readers' selection celebrity Award, and Heartland Romance Writers of the US express Me The Spark Award. Voted one of many best 10 ancient Romances for 2013 via readers within the RomCon Readers' Crown Awards.
A determined younger lady ... woman Louisa Barrick will do whatever to avoid wasting her property and the village that relies on it, but if she attempts to exploit a rakish privateer in her scheme, issues don't end up as deliberate.
A duke masquerading as a privateer ... Jonathan Derek Wentworth has a scheme of his personal: to trace down the ton-based smuggling gang chargeable for his father's loss of life. whilst he's stuck in a compromising state of affairs with woman Louisa, he makes a decision it's higher to marry her than to hazard being ostracized via the London society whose invites are important to his plan. yet Louisa refuses to marry him, except he meets her phrases, one in every of that is a month-long reprieve from consummation.
Intent on seduction, Derek doesn't anticipate his unforeseen jealousy wreaking havoc together with his feelings, his marriage, and his masquerade. Lucy, nonetheless grieving the dying of her father, wishes desperately to prevent one other heartbreak, yet fears she can have schemed herself right into a marriage with the single guy destined to wreck her middle: a guy who isn't what he turns out, who evidently can't be relied on, and who would certainly go away her the 1st probability he will get.
This is a full-length novel of 106,000 words...290 pp in a 6x9 exchange paperback (which equals nearly 420 pp in mass marketplace size).