When two friends are found in a compromising situation, their marriage of convenience turns into something neither was looking for ... and something neither can live without.
Nicholas Parrish wakes one morning to pounding at the front door of his London townhouse. Standing before him is the irate father of Prudence Armitage and several of her scowling brothers. They accuse him of compromising Prudence, and to his astonishment the woman in question walks out of his study, looking as if she's just been roused from her bed! Prudence had a tiring night putting the finishing touches to The Ladies' Fashionable Cabinet, the magazine she and Nicholas, along with his sister Edwina, have been working on.
With Edwina on an extended wedding trip, Prudence had wanted everything to be perfect. But she fell asleep at her desk, and when she walks out of the office and sees her family ready to murder the man she had secretly had a crush on, Prudence is appalled. And when a marriage is forced between them, she is devastated. The damage is done, though, and now she's determined to make things right between herself and her new husband . . . by making him fall in love with her.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I read Stephanie Laurens, Karen Ranney, and Julia Quinn, I am able to picture and feel the wonders of the Regency period; the colors, sounds, music and even the taste of the food. When I struggled through this book, everything felt drab; there was no color, no wonder, everything was brown and grey, lifeless and sad. The dreary repetition just to fill space, was frustrating. The world is a bit dark right now, and we need uplifting, charming stories of bright, lovely ballrooms, hopeful people overcoming the harshness of the time, not the depressing side of life. If I want a horror story all I have to do is turn on Fox news.
For all the years Prudence Armitage had worked for Nicholas and his sister at "The Ladies Fashionable Cabinet", he'd never really gotten to know, the shy mousy looking young woman who diligently worked by their sides. Rather he took her for granted, almost like a second sister. Now that his sister had left for an extended honeymoon, Prudence assumed Edwina's editorial duties. Late one evening Nicholas casually mentioned that she was working too hard, putting in too many hours, and assured that she was leaving soon he continued out the door for a night of entertainment. However, the next morning when he was rudely awakened by an enraged father and a horde of `viking-like giants' demanding satisfaction for ruining his daughter and their sister who had never arrived home the night before - Nicholas realized they were speaking of Pru who'd fallen asleep at her desk! Being a true gentleman, he would of course, do the right thing and offer her marriage though it was the furthest thing...
A forced marriage between a handsome young man and a small shy young lady, sounds good? Was quite boring off and on. Would have liked to hit the young man over his head a few times and as for the young lady, no one is that shy. Give me a break, she was the granddaughter of a duke, had her own money, was in her late twenties and had a JOB. Since I was able to finish the book, I gave it an okay. There were several $ in my e-version, irritating.
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