Madelyn Swann''s mother was the daughter of a Duke and was disowned when she ran away with a traveling actor. She had been notorious for turning down gentleman. Madelyn dreams of opening hew own dress shop so she decides to sell herself to the highest bidder.
Nathan Atwood, Viscount Rowley has returned to England after a ten year self-imposed exile. He has made himself rich in trade in the far East. He returned when his godmother sent him a letter saying his father had died. When he arrived at his godmother's house, she tells him that his older brother not his father died and Nathan is now the heir. This starts Nathan plotting revenge on his father. He decides to find the most inappropriate bride and have her live with his family for the season. Nathan picks Maddy to be his bride. Little does he know that her blood is as blue as his. Nathan plans to stay in London for the season then leave forever. Nathan falls in love with Maddy but is that enough to heal the wound when he finds out that her grandfather is a Duke?
I liked Maddy. I was on the fence with Nathan. He used Maddy to embarrass his family and let them treat her like dirt. His sister-in-law was the worst followed by the grandmother. When Nathan discovers that Maddy had used the marriage to get to her grandfather, he is mad. I did like that Maddy's good nature showed through and Nathan's family slowly changed their attitude toward her.
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