Rogues' Reform BundleeBook - 2000
The reasons for marriage: When the Duke of Eversleigh needs a wife, he sets his sight - though it was unseen - on Lenore Lester, and stubbornly pursues her. Lenore, quite satisfied running her father's home, is reluctant, but the attraction that pulses between her and the arrogant duke intrigues her. Quite by accident, she finds herself giving in and marrying him. Amidst the English countryside and London social swirl, Lenore and Jason find out just how much they need and, yes, love each other. A lady of expectations: Jack Lester has to find a bride . . . But where can he find the perfect woman? She has to be attractive, kind, a good conversationalist . . . and more important, she has to accept him as he is: devilishly handsome, charming and, as far as anyone knows, poor as a church mouse! If London society discovers his hidden wealth, he'll never find the right wife. Jack's heart races when he first lays eyes on Sophie Winterton. She is everything he desires -- and more -- but he is caught in his own trap. Believing that Jack needs to marry into wealth, Sophie rejects all his advances, certain he would never marry a poor girl like her. As they play out a game of cat and mouse, can Jack convince her that she is the woman he wants -- and that he is the husband she deserves? An unwilling conquest: A successful horse breeder and self-proclaimed rake, Harry Lester samples women like wines. But after having his heart trampled upon by someone he actually loved, he has no intention of falling for a woman again, let alone be ensnared by the trap of marriage. Now, with a large inheritance to his name, Harry knows that he'd best start running from London's matchmaking mothers and widows. Harry heads for the racing town of Newmarket, only to encounter Mrs. Lucinda Babbacombe, a beautiful, independent widow. And before he knows it, Harry vows to protect Lucinda from the town full of lonely gambling men, despite her refusal to accept his countless offers of help. Lucinda is extraordinary -- an intelligent, tender, marriage worthy woman -- but will Harry let himself be taken prisoner in this most passionate of traps?