An impoverished English aristocrat is determined to protect an American heiress from an unscrupulous fortune hunter but, in doing so, compromises her himself, then finds he’s falling for her—even though she won’t give him the time of day.
Having set an elaborate trap intended to cause a New York villain to show his true colors, the Earl of Featherstone is appalled when the blackguard tries to save himself by convincing heiress Linnet Holland to marry him. Stepping in to prevent that, Jack kisses her, thus shredding her reputation and obliging him to propose marriage to her, a suit she refuses. Deciding he’s the last man on Earth she’d marry, and convinced he’s a fortune hunter himself, Linnet sets sail for England to try to get a jump on the scandal and find a husband across the pond. Unfortunately for her, after that kiss, Jack has decided she’s the wife for him, and when her father offers him a financial incentive beyond her dowry, he becomes more resolved. Following her back to England, Jack finagles his way to a house party she’s attending and devotes himself to wooing her. The courting starts off horrendously but quickly moves into mutual interest until Linnet discovers Jack’s agreement with her father and concludes he can’t be trusted. Guhrke pens an intelligent and moving romance full of distrust and misunderstanding between two headstrong characters who are trying to find happiness against the odds. The unusual social backdrop of New York’s Gilded Age adds an interesting dimension to a story that hinges on a number of intriguing financial elements.
A sexy, smart romance with a unique arc that's enhanced by its upper-class old New York social setting.