To Marry the Viscount's Son
Mr. Earl Massey has escaped matrimony for nearly 28 years. He has witnessed the weddings of all seven of his sisters, done his best to remember and correctly pronounce the names of his thirteen nieces and nephews, and has spent the past five years exchanging glares with one very stubborn woman.
Miss Cynthia Peters believes her cousin is the one who stands any chance of marrying well in society. Even if Mr. Jeremy Thompson cannot marry Sophie because his father is a horrible waste of a title, Sophie could have any man in the ton.
Sophie, of course, wants Jeremy. Jeremy wants her, too. If his father were no longer in the realm of the living...and therein lies the rub, until the inevitable occurs earlier than expected, and Jeremy becomes Viscount Thompson. Society dictates a period of mourning, however, even for unwanted relations, and the distance imposed by his father means that Jeremy cannot communicate with his beloved without appearing an ungrateful son. Luckily for the two lovers, Earl and Cynthia are willing to give up their years of glaring to feign a courtship so they can pass notes and ensure two of their favorite people have a wonderful wedding.
Feigning a courtship has an unintended consequence for Earl and Cynthia: What will happen when their six months of charades are up?
*****This was originally a novella--the novella in which Ben and Gerry were only mentioned once but I knew they had a wonderful story to tell--and I am now turning it into a novel. Now it serves as a sort of sequel to The Foul Weather Marquis, so if you haven't read that and don't like spoilers, you should go read that first. Additionally, work is keeping me really busy. Though I will do my best to update with a chapter a week, I can make no promises.*****