Published by Berkley Publishing Group on May 2, 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
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From the award-winning author of The Summer Bride comes the first in a charming new historical romance series where marriages of convenience turn into true love matches.
Major Calbourne Rutherford returns to England on the trail of an assassin, only to find he’s become Lord Ashendon, with the responsibility for vast estates and dependent relatives. Cal can command the toughest of men, but his wild half-sisters are quite another matter. They might just be his undoing.
When he discovers that Miss Emmaline Westwood, the girls’ former teacher, guides them with ease, Cal offers her a marriage of convenience. But strong-minded and independent Emm is neither as compliant nor as proper as he expected, and Cal finds himself most inconveniently seduced by his convenient wife.
Emm knows they didn’t marry for love, yet beneath her husband’s austere facade, she catches glimpses of a man who takes her breath away. As pride, duty and passion clash, will these two stubborn hearts find more than they ever dreamed of?
I LOVE Historical Romance and especially a marriage of convenience.
Marry in Haste had great writing, great characters, strong women, a sexy hero, humor, and a very small amount of angst.
Miss Emmaline Westwood, the smart, strong and proud heroine, accepts the handsome Major Calbourne Rutherford’s offer of marriage and financial security in return for her help in guiding and controlling his “wild” sisters.
Cal’s version of married life is a scary one as far as he’s concerned.
He couldn’t imagine living a settled, domestic life in a quiet corner of England, having dull meetings with estate managers, going over account books, talking to tenants about repairs and leaking roofs. And drainage. And sheep. Or the even duller duty of sitting in Parliament listening to long and dreary speeches. And worse—having to make them. Cal shuddered.
What a dreary look at marriage. Not surprising as Cal is a military man and has never been in love.
Emm thought she was in love once, but now she tries to steel her heart against the reoccurrence of any such feelings.
Oh, he was as handsome a man as ever she’d dreamed of—handsome, and strong and powerful. But he was so…businesslike. There wasn’t a romantic bone in the man’s body. Though why she should dream of romance when she was six-and-twenty and should be beyond that…They were schoolgirls’ dreams. Or spinsters’. Romantic and unrealistic. Pure Fantasy.
I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for Emm to trust a man she hardly knew in order to secure her future. She was smart and brave. The women in Cal’s family, young and old, were hilarious. Their feelings jumped off the pages. Cal’s sisters, beneath their hard exterior, longed for their brother to love them. Unfortunately, it was an emotion he had to learn and who better than Emm to teach him?
The story didn’t drag its feet and the secondary characters were wonderful. The main characters evolved naturally in order to have their HEA. The banter was great, and everyone spoke his or her mind when necessary instead of keeping it to inner dialogue. I also enjoyed reading from the secondary characters’ points of view. This was book 1 in the Marriage of Convenience series by Anne Gracie and I look forward to reading the upcoming books in this series.