For eleven years, Gillian has dreamed of fleeing England and trading in her life as one of the notorious Duke of Death’s daughters for a fresh start where she must no longer hide the true circumstances of how her mother died. Now, faced with an arranged marriage that will chain Gillian to both England and her family’s dark secret, she’s desperate to save herself and the sister she adores. Salvation presents itself in the form of an American shipping tycoon. All she must do is meet him, seduce him and convince him to marry her without her frosty father or her deplorable fiancé becoming wise to her scheme. Gillian’s plan hits a snag when she makes a bargain with Alexander Trevelle, Lord Lionhurst, the unintentional heartbreaker.
Burdened with the belief that the sins of his past left him unworthy of love, Alex Trevelle avoids marriage with the finesse of a pickpocket born to the trade. When a peer of the realm seduces and destroys Alex’s sister, he hatches a scheme to publicly crush his enemy by stealing the man’s fiancé. Marriage to the ravishing and reckless Lady Gillian seems a minor sacrifice for Alex to get what he wants. There’s only one problem: the headstrong hoyden simply will not have him. Determined to secure his vengeance, Alex enters into a bargain with the beguiling lady. He’ll help her win the hand of his American friend if she’ll assist him with exacting revenge against her unwanted fiancé. It’s the perfect scheme, until the layers they hide behind begin to slip, and they come to discover that the price of keeping their pact may just be their hearts. In an atmosphere thick with desire, incipient hope and lies, they are torn between a need to hide ancient mistakes and a longing to embrace the truth no matter the cost.
Lord Trent Rutherford’s past has left him guarded and jaded and perfectly content to spend the rest of his life moving from one meaningless affair to the next. Until he meets Lady Audrey Cringlewood, an innocent beauty who makes him question everything he believes. His devilish demeanor guards more than a wounded heart. Behind his swagger lie secrets he’d rather forget than face, but the price of forgetting may be his second chance at life.
A lady determined to shape her future…
Audrey Cringlewood longs to marry for love, not convenience. After several months of flirtatious banter, secret smiles and one very unforgettable kiss, Trent Rutherford, the rake known as Sin, proves himself the man of her dreams. Audrey suspects she understands the pain he hides behind his devil may care attitude, but when the truth comes to light, is her love enough to heal all wounds or will the secrets Trent guarded so carefully tear them apart forever?
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