I won't cover the story, it has been well done by other reviewers. I was undecided about ordering this book, I read some reviews on Amazon that were less than complimentary. So when I ordered it, it was without high expectations. I loved it! Loved it loved it loved it. The hero and heroine worked together, not against each other, I am getting tired of having open warfare disguised as romance. They were likable, sensible characters. They had issues, but with their past, not with each other. This will go on my keeper shelf.
Penelope Talcott is determined to marry her country curate, Cyril. Penelope's aunt is determined to help Penelope make a splash in Brighton society while her uncle hopes she will make a good match and save them all from their life of genteel poverty on the fringes of good society.
Unfortunately, all Penelope manages to do is supply the gossips with a fresh morsel when she accidently saves the life of the scandalous rogue, Lord Verwood. The favor almost costs Pen her life later on, but she is saved by none other than Lord Verwood... and the cost is Penelope's good name and reputation.
Fine! Maybe now her aunt and uncle will let her marry Cyril, or so she thinks until the oh so proper Cyril bows himself none too gracefully out of the picture. Now, Pen has three choices: continue on as an unwanted poor relation in her uncle's home, go to live with her friend Catherine's family, or marry Lord Verwood...which is totally out of the question. At least it was until Verwood gave Pen a kiss to make one's hair stand on end. Hmmm...perhaps marriage is the best solution.
Verwood and Pen marry, but there's trouble in paradise right from the start. Someone wants Verwood dead, possibly Penelope too, and Verwood won't explain to Pen what is going on. How can she stay with a rogue who is keeping everything a secret from her? How can she leave the rascal who has captured her heart?
The romance is very sweet and a little spicy. I loved Verwood...I have a thing for misunderstood rogues with hearts of gold. There's danger, mystery, romance, did I mention romance? It was different, but I like it.