From beguiling New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather comes this classic tale brimming with intrigue and passion. A quirk of fate has made Sylvester Gilbraith the heir of his sworn enemy, the earl of Stoneridge. But there’s a catch: To claim his inheritance, he has to marry one of the earl’s four granddaughters. The magnetically handsome nobleman has no choice but to comply with the terms of the will, yet when he descends on Stoneridge Manor prepared to charm his way into a fortune, he finds that the lady who intrigues him most has no intention of becoming his bride. Maddeningly beautiful and utterly impossible, Theodora Belmont refuses to admit to the chemistry between them, even when she’s passionately locked in his embrace. But soon the day will come when the raven-haired vixen will give anything to be Sylvester’s bride—and risk everything to defend his honor . . . and his life.From the Paperback edition.
Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Jan 4, 1995
I really liked this one a lot and if I could I'd rate it with 3.5 stars. This book has everything I like: a distant hero suffering from a severe head wound, a marriage of convenience and war secrets. As in all marriage-of-convenience plots, he comes to care for her as well and she for him, although she soon learns it was her money that made him marry her. But she also can't deny the passion between them. However, when she tries to get nearer her husband, he pushes her away (or under him!), refusing to confide in her about anything: why is everyone in the ton avoiding him or why is someone trying to kill him? But she is a headstrong woman and she's not easily put off. He on the other hand, wants to find out the truth about that war incident that marked him as a coward -he has no memory of it- so he can stand proudly before his wife. This one was an alpha, domineering male and thankfully the heroine had enough spunk to stand up to him, even if she was 15 years younder than him. I would have rated it with 4 stars, had not the heroine in the last 100 pages acting as TSTL and aggravating me beyond measure.read more