"enjoyable historical romance"

In 1821 Viscount Spencer Law accompanied his brother Nat to Philadelphia where he meets attractive Abigail Mercer and her ailing father, owner of Mercer Medicinal Company. Nat wants to own half of Mercer Medicinal, but Spencer has some doubts yet promises to fund the venture. However, the Home office calls Spencer back to England so he leaves Nat behind in the states.

A year later, Spencer waits for the arrival of Nat, who is late to his own engagement party to lady Evelina. However, instead of Nat's grand entrance, Abigail, in mourning due to her beloved father's death enters claiming to be Spencer's wife by proxy. Apparently, Nat forged documents, stole Abigail's dowry, and sat in for Spencer at a ceremony. Spencer, who had no plans to marry due to a war injury leaving him unable to produce children, sells Abigail with the idea of a marriage of convenience until they find his wastrel brother who is in hiding.

Before readers draw negative conclusions about Nat, he paid for Abigail to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Thus he is much more complex than just the first brush con artist that he seems. Spencer is an intriguing lead protagonist firmly believing he has no future and that the heir must come from Nat. Abigail is a charmer who makes Spencer feels whole. Regency romance fans will have good feelings towards author Sabrina Jeffries for this enjoyable historical.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 6, 2003


Abigail Mercer was breathless with anticipation at being reunited with Spencer Law, whom she met in America and later married by proxy. But now the dashing Viscount Ravenswood denies all knowledge of their union! Too many witnesses have made it impossible for the secretive Spencer to reject his "bride" without causing a scandal, but he has sworn never to marry. So he proposes a marriage in name only until they can locate his mysteriously absent younger brother Nat—who is responsible for everything!—and untangle this messy affair.

Abigail is incensed, irate…and irresistibly attracted to this handsome, infuriating man who hides his smoldering passion behind a proper exterior. So the lady will agree to his terms on one condition: Spencer must seal their bargain with a kiss. But when Spencer agrees, he finds that one deep, lingering, unforgettable kiss isn't nearly enough. And keeping his hands off his pretty wife is going to be much harder than he thought…

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England

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Married to the Viscount
(Swanlea Spinster: Book 5)
by Sabrina Jeffries

December 1, 2003
Available: December 6, 2003
ISBN #0060092149
EAN #9780060092146
384 pages
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Sabrina Jeffries

A Hellion in Her Bed
The Truth About Lord Stoneville
Wed Him Before You Bed Him
Don’t Bargain with the Devil
Snowy Night with a Stranger
Let Sleeping Rogues Lie
Beware A Scot's Revenge
The School For Heiresses
Only a Duke Will Do
Never Seduce A Scoundrel
One Night with A Prince
To Pleasure A Prince
In the Prince’s Bed
Dance Of Seduction
After The Abduction
A Notorious Love
A Dangerous Love

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