In the two decades since a tragic “accident” took the lives of his parents, Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville, has survived the scandal surrounding that fateful night by living as an unrepentant rakehell. And with his grandmother vowing to disinherit him if he doesn’t settle down and wed, he plans to fulfill the bargain in true Sharpe style—by bringing home a fake fiancée from a brothel! But his scheme is derailed when he rescues an American beauty in a dire predicament instead.
Maria Butterfield came to London to track down her groom-to-be, who’s gone missing, but her engagement won’t stop Oliver from getting what he wants: her, in his bed. His rebellious masquerade may call his grandmother’s bluff, but it’s soon made all too real—by a love that tempts him to be a hellion no more.
REVIEW: Hester Plumtree is the owner of the family brewery and grandmother to her late daughter’s grown children. None of these Hellions of Halstead Hall have any interest in marrying. They are content with their lives just as it is. However, Hester is determined to see them married and settled. Therefore, she gives them an ultimatum to be married within a year or risk being cut off.
Oliver is the oldest and heir and the pressure is on him to marry soon. Hoping to thwart his grandmother’s edict, he decides to find a woman from a brothel to bring home to wed. But when he happens upon Maria Butterfield, an American who has journeyed to the England to find her betrothed, he finds she is perfect for his scheme.
She is the heiress to the New Bedford Shipping Lines in the U.S. and has not heard from her fiancé who was to go to England to look for business for her American company. When she spots a satchel that belongs to her fiancé, she tries to grab it only to be caught by Oliver. He assumes she is trying to steal it and instead of turning her over to the authorities she agrees to pose as his fiancé for just a day. As with all great plans like this, her stay increases and the characters all interact into a terrific story.
I truly enjoyed this novel and especially the humorous banter between Oliver and Maria. Once again, Sabrina Jeffries has displayed her writing talents beautifully.
*Connie for b2b
*Book provided by my local Library.