Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace’s wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Geoffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected—and scorching—twist.
…and altered by passion.
Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Geoffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace’s temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can’t resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Geoffrey might just see it as a new beginning.
REVIEW: The Earl of Beckington has passed away. His second wife, Lady Beckington and his four stepdaughters, Honor, Grace, Prudence, and Mercy Cabot are now finding themselves without the funds that they used to enjoy. The Earl’s son by his first marriage has taken over as heir. The large dowries the girls had always expected have now been significantly lowered and the girls are afraid that no one will want them.
Grace Cabot decides to take her future into her own hands and plots to be found being seduced by a well-known rake, Lord Amherst. The plan goes well until the person she meets in the dark turns out to be Amherst’s brother, Jeffrey Donovan, The Earl of Merryton. When they are caught, he agrees to immediately wed Grace and takes her to his home, Blackwood Hall. Jeffrey has a reputation for being a very cold man but Grace hopes that she will be able to learn to love him and find out about the real person inside him.
Jeffrey is a man ruled by habit and perfection. He has an obsessive compulsive personality resulting from the cruelty he was subjected to by his father. In addition, much of his thoughts are filled with sexual depravity. He thinks of himself as a mad man and tries to keeps his habits secret.
As Grace and Jeffrey settle into Blackwood Hall, she realizes that he has a problem and does all she can to help him relax his stringent ways which is not an easy task. However, she is relentless and hopes to help him with his problem. However, Grace has a secret too. Her mother is mad and continues to go downhill.
The story is a perfect example of OCD and their sexual encounters are quite explicit. This is a different type of story that may appeal to many people. I enjoyed Grace and found her to be a strong woman. However, Jeffrey is a person that I would find hard to like.
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