The Lady's Disgrace

Scandalous: Entangled. (Marriage Mart Mayhem, Bk. 2). 2014. 258p. ebk. ISBN 9781633750647. $3.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Jilted by her fiancé, Lady Abigail Lacey is now disgraced and humiliated. As it begins to affect the rest of her family, her brother, the Duke of Manchester, knows the only way to save his sister—and the rest of them—is by restoring her reputation and finding her a new husband—fast. When family friend Rector Joseph Fox pays a visit, he never expects to find himself engaged to Abigail, even if his deepest desires wished it to be so. However, Abigail sets conditions upon the marriage: since love ruined her first betrothal, it will play no part in her last. After she bears a child, she wants a marriage of convenience only. As Joseph faces these terms, he sets out to create some of his own, hoping to spark a passionate connection that he believes their marriage can achieve. Or at least it could, if someone would stop trying to kill Abigail.
VERDICT Hutton (The Elusive Wife) twists the "marriage of convenience" trope around with skill and humor. Readers will find themselves rooting for these two passionate and intelligent protagonists while also enjoying the supporting cast and the engaging subplot that make this a worthwhile read.
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