Author: Raven McAllan
Genre/Age: Historical Romance
Publisher: Carina/Carina UK
Format: ebook via Purchase
Synopsis: To have and to hold?
Reluctant debutante Lady Clarissa Macpherson has never forgotten the forbidden kiss she shared with notorious rake, Lord Theodore Bennett, all those years ago. Even now, he’s the one man who sets Clarissa’s pulse racing and her skin tingling—no matter how hard she tries to ignore it!
Yet, when Theodore rescues her from the unwanted advances of a drunken Lord at a society ball, she finds herself in a most scandalous predicament—engaged, to the most eligible bachelor in London!
Wedded? It appears so, but bedded? Clarissa demands more from her marriage than simply surrendering to her new husband’s sexual desires, especially when she realises she’s falling deeper in love with him every single day. Theodore must prove that she’s the only woman for him—and surrender his heart!
Yet resisting her new husband’s delicious seduction may prove the hardest thing Clarissa has ever done…
And it began with an accidental proposal. Caught in a compromising predicament, Ben announces Clarissa as his fiance, in order to save the both of them from embarrassment and scorn. Their marriage is quick and soon Clarissa finds herself married to her dreamboat Ben.
But all is not bliss because Ben has no idea that Clarissa has secretly wanted to be his wife. Thinking that he is stuck in a marriage with a woman who despises him, Ben drowns his sorrows with booze and makes a mess of his wedding night.
Clarissa, however, is not amused by this.
She refuses to properly consummate the marriage or even to sleep in the same room with her new husband. In fact, she hardly recognizes that she is now married. Her fear of being in a loveless marriage with a man who may decide to entertain other women makes Clarissa a bit angry. It takes a while and a lot of work, but eventually...
Sometimes the perfect couple just needs a little fateful intervention to come together. Watching Clarissa and Ben realize their feelings and grow together was well worth the read! 4 suns!