Superstition meets scandal in the fourth book of Jordan’s Rogue Files series (The Me I Meant To Be, 2019, etc.).
By the time Lady Clara Autenberry makes it to her brother’s house in Scotland, everyone in London society will know her secret: Clara is pregnant, and the baby is not her fiance's. Though Clara is ruined for life, Laird Hunt MacLarin proposes to marry her for a kooky reason: He’s cursed. No man in his family has ever lived to see the birth of his firstborn child. Hunt has bided his time, sleeping with a barren woman who doesn’t need a commitment, but when he meets Clara, he knows he wants more. With a curse-free child on the way, Clara can give Hunt the family he’s always wanted—at least until he quarantines himself to avoid baby No. 2. But the truth is, there is no baby. Clara lied to her entire family, insisting she’d rather be a spinster than spend the rest of her life with her cruel fiance. When she finds out about the curse, she decides to marry Hunt anyway, get pregnant, and prove to him that the curse isn't real. But the curse makes a believer of Clara when she gets pregnant for real and mysterious accidents start to befall her husband. Hunt didn’t exactly agree to die for her, but his fear of his impending doom imbues their romance with a spirit of carpe diem. As with previous books in the series, the Scottish accents and coastal location—complete with dolphins—add texture to the historical setting. A surprising development with Clara’s beautiful young lady’s companion, Marian, hints at what’s to come in the next series installment.
The man in peril is a fun spin on the usual damsel in distress, leading to many heart-pounding moments.