Did Lady Ravenwood commit suicide or was she murdered? Was her husband, with his reputation for a bad temper, have anything to do with her death? The new Lady Ravenwood wants to know the truth even as she plots vengeance on her bridegroom.
The Earl of Ravenwood has asked for country-bred Sophy Dorring's hand in marriage. The Earl is looking for a compliant bride to bear his children. But Sophy hesitates to accept Julian, not because of the mysterious death of his first wife, but because Julian doesn't love her. Then Sophy comes up with a plan. Marry Julian and teach him to trust and love again. Of course, things don't go as planned. Soon Sophy is entangled in a blackmail plot and challenging Julian's former mistress to a duel at dawn.
This is another entertaining historical romance from Amanda Quick. I liked the witty dialogue and the strong heroine. And, I was glad that Julian came to regret not sticking to the agreement he had made with Sophy before their marriage. My rating: 4 Stars.
Townsfolk called him devil. For dark and enigmatic Julian, Earl of Ravenwood, was a man with a legendary temper and a first wife whose mysterious death would not be forgotten. Some said the beautiful Lady Ravenwood had drowned herself in the black, murky waters of Ravenwood Pond. Others whispered of foul play and the devil's wrath.
Now country-bred Sophy Dorring is about to become Ravenwood's new bride. Drawn to his masculine strength and the glitter of desire that burned in his emerald eyes, the tawny-haired lass had her own reasons for agreeing to a marriage of convenience. One was vengeance, and in its pursuit she would entangle Julian in a blackmail plot, a duel at dawn, and a dangerous masquerade. The other reason was dearer to her heart, but just as wild a quest: Sophy Dorring intended to teach the devil to love again.