The daughter of a wealthy merchant, Sophia Russell has no interest in marriage, especially after a recent humiliation—and especially not to Maximilian, Marquess of Devereaux. But it’s the only way to save herself from fortune hunters—and those who wish to seize a powerful connection she prefers to keep secret—even from her future husband…
There’s more to love than meets the eye…
Marrying Sophia is the only way Max can regain the wealth his father squandered on an extravagant country palace. And while Max and his bride are civil, theirs is clearly a marriage of convenience—until a family enemy takes a questionable interest in Sophia—one that may lead all the way to the throne. Forced to become allies in a battle they hadn’t foreseen, the newlyweds soon grow closer—and discover a love, and a passion, they never expected…
REVIEW: Maximilian Wallace, Marquess of Devereaux, is a very handsome man. As the heir to the family estate, he finds himself facing quite a problem. His family’s funds have dwindled and he is doing all he can to keep himself and his family afloat. His twin sister is married and expecting her third child. She and her husband have had financial problems as well. While they are not asking for help from Max, he is determined to see them through. His widowed mother spends her time with family members as this helps her with her grief after losing her husband. Max desperately needs an influx of funds.
Sophia Russell, daughter of Thomas Russell, is a very wealthy man who has made his money from trade. Thus, they are not titled people. Sophia’s mother passed away six years ago and she misses her so much. There is a rumor that Sophia was seduced by a cad and her reputation has taken a hit.
Thomas Russell discusses with Max the possibility of him marrying Sophia. If so, he vows to leave everything to Sophia, and thus, Max, when he dies. Sophia and Max agree.
After their marriage, Sophia, who is a very strong woman, faces the snubs from some of the society women who feel that she does not fit in. However, she endures.
The marriage of convenience between Sophia and Max soon turns to attraction. He takes her to his huge family home, Devereaux House. It was his father’s passion to keep building more and more rooms onto the place. Sophia is overwhelmed at the size of the place and comes up with some ideas for making drastic changes to the home. Will these changes be acceptable to his mother too?
While married life seems to be going along well, an old secret about Sophia’s parentage threatens to blow up and destroy her and possibly her marriage.
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