Miss Lucinda Westerville, an innocent country vicar’s daughter, strikes up an unlikely friendship with the wealthy but depraved Marquess of Rockingham, and the two pledge to be man and wife in name only. That is, until Lucinda begins to fall for her own husband—and realizes she may be in over her head.
Certainly the two should never have met. The handsome, wealthy Marquess of Rockingham was the most notorious man in London, as infamous for his violent temper as he was for his intemperate ways.
Miss Lucinda Westerville was a country vicar’s daughter, as innocent as she was lovely and as proper as a young lady could possibly be.
Yet when this improbably matched pair met at a glittering social ball, they had struck the dubious bargain to become man and wife - in name only! But Lucinda soon found that she had taken on more than she bargained for… when she vowed not to love this untamed, infuriatingly attractive man… when she tried to rein her own foolishly galloping heart…
M. C. Beaton
M. C. Beaton is the pen name of bestselling novelist Marion Chesney. She is a prolific writer of historical romances and small village mysteries. Born in Scotland, the author began her writing career as a fiction buyer for a Glasgow bookstore and has worked as a theater critic, newspaper reporter, and editor.
The author has written under various names, most notably as M. C. Beaton for her Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series. She also has written under the names Sarah Chester, Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Marion Gibbons, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward.
The author lived in the United States, but now splits her time between the Cotswolds, England and Paris, France.