*A beautiful widow’s newfound love is threatened by the terms of her late husband's will.*
Denied access to her child by the terms of her cruel late husband’s will, the once-dazzling debutante, Lady Olivia, orchestrates a grand charade to reclaim everything she has lost.
Freed from the shackles of her violent marriage, Olivia finds true love with Max Atherton, the man responsible for returning her son. But with the revelation that Olivia unwittingly holds the key to a dark secret that threatens the future of the honourable man who has fulfilled her heart’s desire, she is forced to choose between Max’s future, and safeguarding her son’s.
Beautiful, impoverished Fanny Brightwell has a few scores to settle—and a heart to win—before she can secure the wealthy, aristocratic husband her ambitious mama demands.
Fanny is used to trading on her wits and Patrician beauty to ensure her family retains its tenuous hold on respectability. While her reprobate brother gambles away their fortune, and her feather-brained sister threatens to destroy the girls’ collective reputation by succumbing to any lure cast her way, Fanny is regarded as the Brightwell family’s saviour.
Pressured by her mother into accepting a marriage offer from lecherous Lord Slyther, a desperately unhappy Fanny is given one final opportunity to withdraw from her nuptials—provided she secures an equally rich and titled suitor within two weeks.
***She was determined to secure the succession, he was in it for the pleasure. Falling in love was not part of the arrangement.**
When dashing Stephen Cranbourne arrives at the estate he will one day inherit, it’s expected he will make a match with his beautiful cousin, Araminta.
But while proud, fiery Araminta and her shy, plain sister, Hetty, parade their very different charms before him, it’s their mother, Sybil, a lonely and discarded wife, who evokes first his sympathy and then stokes his lustful fires.
As Stephen introduces Sybil to every pleasure she’s been deprived of, duty and passion become a deep and mutual love. But with the unexpected arrival of a contender to the estate, Sybil realises that what she's set in motion to save the family might have tragic consequences.