Natasha Polinoff was the mistress of Lord Marcus Templeton. Marcus is under the full control of his grandfather. If Marcus has an illegitimate child, he will loose his inheritance. When Natasha announces she is pregnant, Marcus locks her in her room and goes to find the surgeon. While he is gone, Natasha escapes with what she can carry through the bedroom window.
Five years later, the guy Marcus has hired to look for Natasha finally finds her. Marcus rushes to the village she is living in and blackmails Natasha into marrying him. He brings her back to London and his family where Natasha is miserable and takes it out on Marcus. Marcus finally accepts his grandfather's offer and leaves her to assist in the peace negotiations.
While I thought the novel was well written, I found Marcus so annoying through the entire novel that I wanted to reach through the pages and slap him. He is such a waffler. One minute he is the wimpy "poor me, I am being controlled by my grandfather", then the next it is the strong "you are going to marry me or else". Marcus had a backbone that could be removed at will. His most annoying line is "I'm only a man. Tell me what you want from me." I liked Natasha until she pushes Marcus to go to France then she is hurt that he left. She sulks then starts a pseudo-fling that causes rumors to reach Marcus in France.
Overall, I would have to give the book 3.5 stars.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.