Kiss the Bride #1
Everyone rating, but there will be references to sex.
At four and twenty, Eulalie Ashworth knows she has two things of value to gentlemen: her beauty and her virtue. Seeing her parents' disastrous union, Eulalie has no visions of romance and love. She only intends to marry to take a proper place in Society. Unfortunately, her uncle turns down every man who brings forth a suit. Although her twenty-thousand-pound dowry is to remain secret, he demands she find a spouse with rank and fortune.
Lord John Crewe's family is on the brink of collapse. His sister-in-law's debts threaten their bank account while her affairs threaten the family honor. A divorce will drain the family accounts. Raised to kill all emotion, Crewe dutifully agrees to be his brother's heir meaning a marriage of convenience and fathering the next generation as quickly as possible.
When Crewe comes to Bridgewater with his brother, Eulalie determines to master her own fate. Seeing his chance to fulfill his brother's charge, Crewe pursues Eulalie despite her uncle's disapproval. Their arrangement has nothing to do with love, but that doesn't stop them from falling hard and fast. Can their love overcome the hurts of their past or will they learn to trust too late?