2014 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Romance
The Earl of Marcham has decided to put the excesses of his colorful youth firmly behind him so that he may find a wife and beget himself an heir. But a straitlaced spinster may stand in his way after she releases a morality pamphlet exposing some of his most private misdemeanors. Determined to have his revenge and teach her a much-needed lesson, the earl decides that his best course of action is to seduce her…
Miss Georgiana Blakelow has long given up the hope of marriage. Instead, she’s resigned to serving as governess to her siblings and saving the family estate from ruin. She might succeed, if only the wretch of an earl who won the estate at the gaming table would be reasonable.
As the sparks fly, and as Lord Marcham finds himself unexpectedly attracted to Miss Blakelow, she becomes even more determined to keep him at a safe distance. The closer he gets, the more likely he is to discover that his bluestocking isn’t all that she seems.
Robert “Robbie” Hockingham, the fourth Earl of Marcham has a well-earned reputation as a Rake. He is, however, growing weary of his hell raising pursuits and is looking to find a wife and start his family. On returning to his home in the country, Marcham meets his neighbour, Georgiana “Georgie” Blakelow, a bluestocking who chooses to mask her looks with ill-fitting spectacles and mourning clothes. As the story progresses, Marcham begins to see beneath Georgie’s unusual appearance to finds a woman who intrigues him. Unfortunately, Marcham’s advances are strongly rejected by Georgie as, unbeknownst to him, she is running from a decade-old secret which threatens any chance of happiness that she may find.
Rating: 3 out of 5
About the Author
Norma Darcy was born in London but grew up living by the sea after her family moved to Whitstable, Kent, when she was two. She started writing when she was sixteen, but it wasn’t until many years later that she began to write seriously. A graphic designer by trade, she has always dreamed of earning a living from writing. She now lives in Kent with her husband.