Based upon rumors and such, Georgiana Lucas despises the arrogant and cruel Marquess of Westmorland even before learning that he’d won the deed to her best friend Kitty’s home in a card game. Still, Georgiana assures Kitty the marquess wouldn’t possibly come all the way to Derbyshire to throw them out. However, during ride with the groom, Georgiana witnesses a crime and a man being beaten. Heroically riding to the man’s rescue lies the victim, bloody and unconscious, she instructs the groom with her to bring him back to Kitty’s home. Upon arriving Georgiana, finally got a good look at the unconscious man and discovered it was none other than the cruel Marquess. Fearing, he might die or that Kitty wouldn’t give him any shelter, Georgiana blurts out that he’s her fiancé. Georgiana then took on the task of nursing the hateful man back to health and make him vow to leave and never return. The man who wakes up, though, is nothing like the heartless rogue Georgiana thought she knew…
Rob, the Marquess of Westmoreland, wakes up with no memory of being assaulted, of who he is, and is baffled completely by the beautiful woman who claims she is his fiance. The bewitching beauty tending him so devotedly calls him Rob yet she avoids his touch. Though he can’t remember how he won her hand, he’s now determined to win her heart. But as his memory returns and the truth is revealed, Rob must decide if the game is up—or if he’ll take a chance on a love that defies all odds.
*** Such an enjoyable read combining wonderful characters, backgrounds and motivations, where one can enjoy the sensualness and chuckle at the misinterpretation of assumptions. I was caught up at once with Georgiana thinking so badly of the Marquess then having to save him first from being killed; then to have to nurse him back to health, all the while waiting in horror for him to blow her elaborate cover story. Toss in a little suspense for good measure and the tale became even more delightful with a superb ending.