Lady Bethany would rather die a spinster than submit to marriage—and thus reveal the horrible secret she has harbored for more than a year
Lord Locke is far too immersed in his service to the Crown for romance, but Lady Bethany is in dire circumstances.
Indebted to Bethany’s late father and his close friend, the earl offers a perfect solution for both of them: a marriage in name only.
Perfect, if only they weren’t so irresistibly drawn to each other—and if Bethany hadn’t found herself falling in love with a man even more mysterious than his reputation. Perfect, until she unwittingly learns he’s protecting her from a threat to her life.
To Mark, Bethany is just another assignment, a woman he’s convinced is hiding something. His offer of marriage was meant only to make it easier to safeguard her.
But when the simple threat turns to attempted murder and treason, Mark realizes that Bethany has stolen his heart and he can do nothing less than throw himself into a race against time to save her, whatever the price.
Susan was born and raised a California girl but is grateful to have lived on the Oregon coast and in the Rocky Mountains of northern Utah. She’s now enjoying living with her husband in the incomparable beauty of the Redwood forest, nestled against the rugged coast of Northern California.
Susan raised a tribe of children, making ends meet as a registered nurse and lactation consultant, and now her tribe members have tribes of their own and she just doesn’t get to see enough of them. She loves to travel and is thrilled with a good movie or a great book, but writing is her passion. She writes almost anything, especially epic fantasy and romance. Saving Lord Whitton’s Daughter is her first Regency Romance.
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This Regency romance goes beyond the usual “does he love me; does he not” theme often found. Lady Bethany, like many of her class in the day, prefers to not wed rather be forced into an arranged marriage. Soon there are choices, since failure to wed not only puts her beloved home at risk, but she herself.
I liked the fact there was a secret our heroine sought to keep from being discovered. Also, there was enough suspense to keep the story interesting. For, the man behind the marriage of convenience was on a mission that included more than a means for Bethany to keep her estate and her beloved horses. Lord Locke knows she’s at risk from another direction. Each had their own reasons to agree to this marriage, but for each their view of the matter changes with time.
I enjoyed this suspenseful romance between Lady Bethany and Lord Locke along with secondary characters that fleshed out the story, not only the servants, but the neighbors, and added color and humanity to it. It was fun watching the plot develop. I recommend it for those who love clean Regency romance.
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