As a ship’s captain, highborn bastard Morgan Pryce has spent his life sailing away from England. The last thing he needs is a wife. But when he fears that his titled half brother, Neville, is about to be snared by a gold digger, Morgan aims to protect Neville by tricking the lovely crook into marrying him first. He knows he can’t allow himself to believe a word she says. If only she weren’t so convincing….
Determined beauty Bliss Worthington is not terribly fond of finding another man waiting for her at the altar—after all, no one tricks a Worthington and gets away with it. Somehow she must persuade her dangerously handsome new husband to grant her an annulment, because her heart is set on his brother.
Soon the newlyweds must deal with a secret but mutual attraction. Morgan finds himself oddly devastated by her tenderness and braveness. When Neville shows up to rescue her from a loveless marriage, she will have to quickly decide which man is the right one for her….
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Wedded Bliss (The Wicked Worthington Series)
Bliss Worthington has been living in the country with her guardian all her life. Though her parents are alive, their busy lives are centered in London, and they only come to visit her occasionally. Upon her guardian’s death, Bliss comes to town to stay with her cousins, the eccentric and quirky Worthington family. Because of her abandonment by her parents, Bliss is very cognizant of being left alone. She has a strong desire to build her own family, one with a solid husband who will never leave her. Bliss finds just such a man in her dear friend, Neville, Duke of Camberton. As their friendship grows, Bliss begins to plan their marriage, even though she feels only affection, not a deep, abiding love. As a duke, Neville will always stay put to manage his estates, and his sweet and amiable nature will surely lead to love down the road.
Morgan Pryce is a sea captain, the illegitimate son of a duke, and Neville’s older half brother. He is fully acknowledged by Neville, and the two share a deep friendship and love, something rare in Morgan’s life. When Morgan is contacted by their Uncle Oliver, and advised that a scheming harpy is trying to trick Neville into marriage, he is only too willing to help. Especially since, if he succeeds, Oliver will supply him with a ship of his own, his lifelong dream. Oliver has been intercepting letters sent by Bliss to Neville, and has all the details of the wedding plans. Since Morgan and Neville look so much alike, Oliver plans to put Morgan in place as the bridegroom. Though this seems farfetched, it’s actually very cleverly done.
When Bliss realizes that she’s been tricked, she demands an annulment. Of course, Morgan doesn’t agree, he’s eager to consummate the marriage, collect his prize, and head off to sea again. Bliss, realizing that Morgan thinks her a fortune hunter, decides to prove him wrong by showing what a good wife she’ll be. She turns his spare and uninviting living quarters into a home, cooks appetizing meals, and treats him with dignity. What she doesn’t do is go to bed with him – that would cancel out any chance of annulment. Though they think the worst of each other, Bliss and Morgan can’t deny that they greatly desire one another, and it’s getting harder to resist temptation.
Of course, the marriage greatly hurts Neville, who is very fond of Bliss. While he hadn’t yet thought of marriage, he would have gone along with Bliss. Now his anger and hurt are directed at his brother, who he thinks a traitor, and the close bond of love and friendship appears to be severed. Neither Morgan nor Neville has yet recognized their scheming Uncle Oliver for the evil dirtbag that he truly is.
WEDDED BLISS is such a well written, captivating book. While I dearly love Morgan, and felt great sympathy for his lot in life, I also was very fond of Neville, who seemed to me deserving of his own happy ending. If the marriage gets annulled, what will happen to Morgan? If Morgan and Bliss stay together, how will she realize her goal of having a mate who’s always with her when her husband is gone off to sea most of the time? Will Morgan and Neville reconcile? Will sleazy Uncle Oliver get his comeuppance?
I loved reading this book, and the glimpses of the screwball Worthington family only added to my enjoyment. Aside from the situation in which Bliss finally succumbs to the charms of one of her suitors, which I found unappealing, this book delivers on all fronts. (You’ll have to read the book to see who she ends up with.) Characters to love, (and hate)an interesting and fast paced plot, page turning excitement, and scorching chemistry make WEDDED BLISS a pure delight, with a happy ever after for all. All who deserve one, that is.