For Miss Charlotte Windham, the best way to maintain her spinsterhood-and her independence-is a teeny, tiny brush with scandal. She chooses wealthy, handsome upstart Lucas Sherbourne as her unwitting accomplice. He's intelligent, logical, and ambitious. What Charlotte doesn't count on is that one kiss will lead them straight to the altar.
Sherbourne has no love for polite society, nor is he keen on being anybody's husband of last resort. He is attracted to Charlotte's boldness, though-and her family's influence. Without a title, he knows he'll never truly be part of their world, even as he and Charlotte inch closer to a marriage that means much more than convenience. But a scheming business partner is about to test that tenuous trust, forcing Sherbourne to make a drastic choice: his wealth or his wife. AMAZON 4.5 STARS
I really liked this story and I think it's mainly because of the main characters. Lucas Sherbourne and Charlotte Windham were unique and some of their conversations early on were pretty interesting. They made me smile more than once at the way they interacted even BEFORE they married.
Lucas has felt the lash of other people's opinion of him since he is considered a commoner and beneath the ton's value. It was pretty easy to feel sympathy for his sufferings. Not everyone felt that Lucas was below them and Charlotte definitely didn't look at people that way. In fact, she was someone who valued justice and actually took actions to help people. Especially women who had been misused by men and left helpless. This was something that she kept very much a secret from most people though. She had a lot of skills that most upper crust women did not and that others would consider inappropriate. However, Lucas begins to enjoy those things about her and it even begins to benefit him as well.
It didn't take long to begin pulling FOR Lucas and care about how the story about them as a couple would end up. Also what would happen to take care of all the business upsets that were going on.
There is a H.E.A. and a good Epilogue.