Lessons From A Scandalous Bride
Avon, Jul 31 2012, $7.99
Her mother had three stillborn siblings and four brothers and sisters who died very young. As the only survivor Cleo worries when her mom gives birth again to a fourth corpse. She fears for her mom’s life while her stepfather “sells” Cleo to her wealthy biological father Jack Hadley who ignored her since she was born.
Lord Logan McKinney arrives in London seeking an affluent title hunter to fund his failing estates. His objective changes when he meets Cleo as he wants her. Cleo is attracted to the gold-digger but prefers to wed an older man who will not demand she carry the heir and the spare as her deceased siblings and her mom haunt her. Logan knows he must earn his beloved’s trust as he believes he already has her love just like she has his.
The latest Forgotten Princesses historical romance (see Wicked In Your Arms) is a fast-paced gender war as the lead male changes his life’s goal from a cold relationship to a loving need; while the heroine is the classic the adult is the child as she witnessed what marriage means. Cleo’s neurotic trepidations freshen up what would otherwise have been an overly used premise; instead fans will relish their lessons in love.