Heiress in Love
St. Martin’s, Jun 28 2011, $7.99
In 1814 Lord Fredrick Roxdale died leaving behind his grieving widow Lady Jane and her husband’s six years old nephew Luke. Jane inherited much of the wealth while Fredrick’s cousin Constantine "blackest of the Black” the title and the estate. However, what bothers Jane is he instead of her was named Luke’s guardian.
Jane obeyed the Ministry of Marriage’s order she marry Fredrick but though she cared for her late husband she vows not to marry again. Ironically Constantine has made the same pledge to never marry. However he arrives at the estate to offer her a marriage of convenience deal in which she gets to stay and raise her nephew while he obtains funds. Reluctantly she agrees, but he soon wants more emotionally from her.. As they fall in love, Jane and Constantine dream separately of a real marriage but fear trusting their heart with the other.
The first Ministry of Marriage Regency romance is a wonderful gender war as the lead couple fight, fuss and fall in love. Luke is a matchmaker in this marriage of convenience historical while Ministry marvelously muddles the muck with their intrusions. Readers will enjoy the battling Roxdale duet as they argue, lust and love.