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- Publisher: Harper & Appleton (December 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B018WZXSQ2
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At first thought, Nick Birmingham rejects the idea of marriage, although he is willing to loan, or even give, the ransom to the lovely Lady Fiona. Known as the Fox of the Exchange, Nick spends his days making money and his nights with ladies who are not Ladies. But when his brother Adam tells him he’s a fool to reject the marriage, Nick begins to realize just how attracted he is to Fiona, and accepts her offer.
Fiona and Nick are each cautiously pleased to find how well they get along, in the bed chamber as well as in the drawing room. But convenience does not equal confidence, and both have their reservations. Fiona believes that Nick has married her only for her social status (that was the agreement, after all), and knows about his recent mistress. Is her husband still seeing the pretty actress? And why won’t Nick discuss his business activities with her?
Nick believes Fiona has married him only for his money (that agreement, again), and that she is still in love with the earl to whom she was once engaged, before he married another woman (in Bolen’s The Counterfeit Countess).
Tensions build over differences in social standing as well as more practical matters. Can Fiona accept Nick’s young illegitimate daughter? Will her snobbish brother forgive her for marrying the businessman who provided his ransom? Can Nick rescue his own brother from peril? And what will happen when Nick’s shy sister discovers the true identity of the man she’s met in the park?
Bolen pulls all the threads together in a delightful story of two people who are just a little too restrained to admit to their unexpected love for one another, so obvious to all those around them, in a most enjoyable Regency romance.
Lady Fiona is desperate for funds, so much so she approaches one of the richest men in England to help her. Fiona’s brother is kidnapped in Portugal and she needs twenty five thousand pounds to pay the ransom. Setting aside her pride she asks Nicholas Birmingham to wed her and give her the money.
Nick is surprised by the offer and being a wonderful businessman, he knows that a marriage with Fiona will only help his business ventures; he can arise in the ton’s esteem. The two marry knowing that this is not a love match, Fiona, in fact, was rejected just last year by the man she thought would be her husband and Nick has had a string of mistresses over the years.
In some ways this is an uncomplicated story between the leads. They both try to make the most of their marriage. They are imminently compatible and they are mostly considerate of each other but neither one is honest with the other with their feelings. Mostly this is a matter of pride on Fiona’s part and in I felt Nick did not want to know the answers to some of his doubts. For chapters everything goes along fine and then their misgivings would creep in, “was Nick faithful” and “was Fiona over her first love.” Usually something along this nature would get too old but actually their suspicions made perfect sense although they do not communicate nearly enough.
There is a secondary romance that happens way too fast and I would have enjoyed if that had been its own book. The couple was interesting and there was so much more to explore with their feelings.
The tension between the leads is not as tight as it could be but still, they are an enjoyable couple mainly because they are the kind of characters a reader wants to root for. Fiona is an egalitarian and generous and Nick is too. They are couple who are sincere and become besotted because they recognize and admire the fine traits in each other.
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Lady Fiona must marry a rich man to save her brother. A ransom is beyond the exhausted resources of her family.Read more