This Earl of Mine
Updated: Mar 3
Shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed is finished with men!
Men who are more interested in her purse rather than her person. It’s bad enough having to put up with the ton’s lecherous fortune hunters. Although, what’s worse, is her cruel grasping cousin determined to force Georgie into marriage. Now, if she could find a way to be . . . widowed? Georgie hatches a madcap scheme to wed a condemned criminal before he’s set to be executed. Now to find an eligible bachelor in prison to marry – he gets executed – she’ll be free! What could possibly go wrong?
Benedict William Henry Wylde, wayward second son of the late Earl of Morcott and well-known rake, is in Newgate prison undercover, working for Bow Street. Georgie didn’t realize who he is when she marries him—and she most certainly never expects to bump into her very-much-alive, very handsome, husband of convenience at a society gathering weeks later. Soon Wylde finds himself courting his own wife, hoping to win her heart since he already has her hand. But how can this seductive rogue convince brazen, beautiful Georgie that he wants to be together…until actual death do they part?
*** Oh yes, this is a story plot that has been done before, but it is such a fun read when the author can give superb character building to the protagonists and their associates. Georgiana was not an aristocrat per se, but she was wealthy beyond belief and no fool. Georgie had worked beside her dad and learned the shipping business from the ground up. Extremely astute she came prepared to wed the condemned man with a no-fault paper stating that he would have absolutely no claim to her fortune before or after his execution. Unfortunately for her Wylde was only there for a short time working undercover to gather information.
The entire story then turned into a very good read for me with antics and sharp dialogs between the two protagonists. Georgie did her best to keep the handsome and disarming Lord at a distance when physical nearness left her with butterflies in her stomach and ready to swoon! Toss in Georgie’s slimy cousin who was ready to try anything to get his hands on her money, and you have some excitement that added to the adventure. However, her cousin never knew he was up against a very determined husband who wasn’t about to let anyone hurt the love of his life!