After a marquess manipulates his son into marrying a commoner, the two fall in love, but her murky past may get in the way of their future happiness.
After his mother died in childbirth and his father went mad with grief, Killian St. John, Viscount Locksley, vowed never to open his heart to romantic love, seeing the emotional devastation it caused for his family. However, when he takes his sweet time getting married, his father arranges to marry Portia Gadstone through a newspaper ad, with the scheming expectation that Killian will marry her instead, which he does. Portia comes across as a haughty gold digger, which to Killian means he won’t fall in love with her, so she’s safe to wed. Except that once they’re married, not only does Portia bring sunshine and music to his life and to the neglected Havisham estate, cleaning out rooms that haven’t been touched in decades, but their sexual connection is explosive. She’s nothing like he imagined, and he falls for her, but just as their marriage seems real, they journey to London for a visit where secrets from her past rise up, and Killian realizes that, for all her innate honesty, she’s been quite conniving indeed. At first furious, Killian reconsiders his feelings and the state of his heart when she disappears and he has to delve into her history to track her down. Historical romance favorite Heath (The Earl Takes All, 2016, etc.) wraps up the Hellions of Havisham series—save for an upcoming prequel novella—with a send-off that is both heart-stirring and supersexy, offering a story that hits romantic high notes even as it explores some disturbing historical details and highlights the power of love and compassion.
A winning Victorian romance with a Pretty Woman vibe—complete with a hot piano scene.