A mesmerizing story of passionate awakening and redemption, Mary Balogh' s new novel unites a war hero consigned to darkness with a remarkable woman who finds her own salvation by showing him the light of love. Desperate to escape his mother' s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry' s intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian' s home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage. At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent' s proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But how can an all-consuming fire burn from such a cold arrangement? As friendship and camaraderie lead to sweet seduction and erotic pleasure, dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be?
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by Mary Balogh
"An alluring performance by Rosalyn Landor sets the tone for this charming Regency romance, with all its pomp, circumstance, and absurdities. Twenty-three-year-old Lord Darleigh, blinded in battle and suffering at the hands of his micromanaging mother, is looking for someone who will love him for himself, not his title. When fate throws him together with the insecure Sophia Fry, who is neglected by her relatives, Darleigh comes up with an arrangement that will save both of them. LandorÕs inflections bring dimension to the protagonists, revealing not only their social propriety but also their wit and closeness as they good-naturedly observe those around them. Landor also conveys how both Darleigh and Fry become more confident as their love flourishes in this sweet story. M.F. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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