Review – Marry in Haste (Marriage of Convenience #1) by Anne Gracie

A well-written book, this is highly recommended to anyone who loves the period pieces from the Regency genre. ~ Shadow, Guilty Pleasures 

Major Calbourne Rutherford returns to England on the trail of an assassin, only to find he’s become Lord Ashendon, with the responsibility for vast estates and dependent relatives. Cal can command the toughest of men, but his wild half-sisters are quite another matter. They might just be his undoing.

When he discovers that Miss Emmaline Westwood, the girls’ former teacher, guides them with ease, Cal offers her a marriage of convenience. But strong-minded and independent Emm is neither as compliant nor as proper as he expected, and Cal finds himself most inconveniently seduced by his convenient wife.

Emm knows they didn’t marry for love, yet beneath her husband’s austere facade, she catches glimpses of a man who takes her breath away. As pride, duty and passion clash, will these two stubborn hearts find more than they ever dreamed of?

This Regency romance features a strong heroine, a likeable hero and an interesting plot. If you enjoy Georgette Heyer, this book will appeal.
When Major Calbourne Rutherford returns to London in pursuit of the assassin known as the Scorpion, he discovers his brother has died and he is now the Earl of Ashford. His new responsibilities include two half sisters, and later, an unknown niece. As a soldier, he knows his duty-as a guardian of three enterprising young ladies, he is at a loss-until he discovers teacher Miss Emmaline Westwood, who understands the girls in a way he can’t. He offers several times to hire her as governess/companion to the girls and when she continues to turn him down, he finally offers to marry her.

While the two of them expect a marriage of convenience, fate has other plans in store. Can this teacher escape her shady past and can this soldier rediscover the goodhearted boy who gave his sisters piggy back rides when they were all younger? At the same time, can he discover who the Scorpion is and put a stop to his murdering ways.

There is some social commentary in the book, but its not too preachy. While this is a little hotter than some of the Regency books, don’t expect steamy detailed sex scenes.

A well-written book, this is highly recommended to anyone who loves the period pieces from the Regency genre.

ARC provided for a voluntary review.

4.5 stars

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