"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
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