For Miss Charlotte Windham, the best way to maintain her spinsterhood-and her independence-is a teeny, tiny brush with scandal. She chooses wealthy, handsome upstart Lucas Sherbourne as her unwitting accomplice. He’s intelligent, logical, and ambitious. What Charlotte doesn’t count on is that one kiss will lead them straight to the altar.
Sherbourne has no love for polite society, nor is he keen on being anybody’s husband of last resort. He is attracted to Charlotte’s boldness, though-and her family’s influence. Without a title, he knows he’ll never truly be part of their world, even as he and Charlotte inch closer to a marriage that means much more than convenience. But a scheming business partner is about to test that tenuous trust, forcing Sherbourne to make a drastic choice: his wealth or his wife.
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A Rogue of Her Own (Windham Brides)
Charlotte Windham is tired of it all – season after season, the endless socializing, and the numerous fortune hunters. She just wants to live peacefully alone, happily supporting causes dear to her heart. But she may as well have a target painted on her back, as her matchmaking relatives have shifted their focus to her, now that her three sisters have recently married. As Charlotte toys with the idea of being ruined, she receives another unexpected proposal, this time one that tempts her a bit.
Lucas Sherbourne is a very wealthy man, but he’s a commoner. He wants to be accepted into society and knows that marrying into the elite Windham family will open many doors for him. The fact that he finds Charlotte deliciously attractive and fascinating is only a bonus. When he proposes a mutually beneficial marriage to Charlotte, she actually considers it, then declines. As they share a passionate kiss goodbye, they are caught in the act, and suddenly, marriage is imminent.
Though Lucas is rough around the edges, he acts the gentleman with his new bride, giving her time to get to know him before they become intimate, as Charlotte is somewhat nervous about the process. Soon enough nature takes its course, and this couple settles into a satisfying physical and emotional relationship. Having met this couple in the previous book in this series, NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO, I admit to being surprised at how much I liked them and rooted for them, particularly Lucas. I still shudder thinking of the scene where he bursts uninvited into a duke’s home and his gauche actions there. It’s a testament to Grace Burrowes’ writing ability that she was able to turn a (somewhat) villainous character into a genuine hero here. I particularly loved how Lucas listened to all Charlotte’s suggestions regarding his business, and how he admired her intelligence. Before happy ever after ensues, a scoundrel enters their lives, someone with a link to Charlotte’s past and Lucas’ business, who will put an end to their fledgling happiness and threaten their very future.
A ROGUE OF HER OWN has all of the qualities that make me love Grace Burrowes’ books – warmth, genuine romance, memorable characters, wonderful family relationships, and occasional humor: “His lordship sent her a look, one intended to convey tender indulgence or a disturbance of the bowels. Charlotte wasn’t sure which.” Then she’ll turn around and write some tender dialogue to melt your heart: “‘Besides,” Sherbourne went on more softly, “I have my Charlotte. With Charlotte to love, what else in the whole world could I possibly need?'” A ROGUE OF HER OWN is Book #4 of the Windham Brides series, and I believe it could be read alone without feeling lost. However, it will be appreciated so much more if you’ve read NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO, so you can enjoy revisiting characters like Julian and Griffin, who will steal your heart a second time.