It took Marcus Bradley forever to find a suitable bride. And then he lost her—all because some meddling matchmaker with a crazy notion about “true love” helped her elope with another man. Now, to save his sister from a terrible marriage alliance, he needs a replacement—an heiress, to be exact . . . and he knows just the woman to help him find one.
A spirited beauty . . .
Danielle Strafford believes everyone deserves a fairytale ending—even the monstrously scarred and notoriously brooding Marquis of Fleetwood. Not that he’s left her a choice. If she doesn’t help him secure a wife—by any means necessary—he’ll reveal her scandalous secrets.
A passion that will consume them both
The more time Marcus spends with Danielle, the less interested he is in any other woman. But the Beast must do the impossible: keep from losing his heart to a Beauty he is destined to lose.
REVIEW: At age 31, Marcus Bradley, Marquis of Fleetwood and also known as “The Beast” is a deeply depressed man who drowns himself in drink. His father had been a very evil man who abused and beat him all of his life leaving him scarred both physically and mentally. Many of his beatings were endured to protect his younger sister from sharing the same fate. Their mother ran away and left the children with their father in an effort to protect her own self. Now that his father is dead, his next concern is to try and protect his sister, Caroline, from having to marry The Duke of Harwood. Their evil father had contracted a marriage between Caroline and Harwood many years before. Sadly, the Duke of Harwood is a man like their father – evil and in possession of a foul temper.
Miss Danni Green, age 24, is from a wealthy family but as she is also very intelligent, she is too restless to occupy herself in the usual manner. Instead, she runs Gretna Green Bookings, an illicit elopement agency. It is privately housed in the back of the Gretna Green Bookstore. As she enjoys seeing people marry for love, she assists couples by helping them to run off to Gretna Green to get married.
One night, Marcus happens upon Danni assisting a couple ready to elope only to find that the bride-to-be is the woman to whom he has been affianced for a marriage of convenience. Angry at the whole scenario, Marcus blackmailed Danni into helping him kidnap a very wealthy young woman with a large dowry and take her to Gretna Green to marry him.
Their journey soon becomes a comedy of errors. The following days are filled with events that will have the reader laughing, chewing their nails and generally falling in love with both Marcus and Danni.
This is a very sweet novel. The author’s ability to dig down in the damaged soul of Marcus and allow Danni to enter his heart was very well written. The story is loosely based on the tale, Beauty and the Beast.
This is a début novel for the author and I look forward to reading more from her.
Connie for b2b
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