A bargain with fate" is a beautifully written story within the context of a traditional Regency. It took me in to the period and the characters and didn't let me go until the book was finished.
The plot is simple enough. Rosalyn and Michael agree to enter into a temporary betrothal to suit the particular circumstances they both find themselves in.
Michael, Lord Stamford, has a wicked reputation, presents a supremely confident face to the world and is inclined to be high-handed. He has no immediate desire to marry.
Rosalyn, Lady Jeffreys, widow, is of nervous disposition, prone to mishaps, blushes easily and cannot conceal her feelings. Above all she is unfailingly honest. She has no desire to marry again.
As their pretence takes form he quickly learns to admire her loveliness and forthrightness and grows to desire her. She has no idea of this, finding his increasing possessiveness difficult to understand even as her own feelings change towards him. The ensuing courtship is played out amongst a cast of family and a couple of villains. There is warmth, anger, passion and a growing understanding of each other's wants and needs. I liked the way they were both willing to apologise so the relationship moved forward without silly misunderstandings. I preferred this book to the author's "Lord Rotham's wager" which I found lacked credibility and was too involved in issues surrounding gambling.