Words May Deceive . . .
Marianna Grantham's status-hungry parents are bent on buying their way into Polite Society through their daughter's marriage to a peer — any peer. When the Marriage Mart yields no beaux, Marianna is ready to despair, until she hears of Truesdale Sinclair, the Viscount Trowbridge. The last in a long line of aristocratic rakes and scoundrels, “Sin” is handsome, devil-may-care, and far up the River Tick. Surely, Marianna reasons, a sham engagement will keep her parents at bay long enough for her to meet her true love.
. . . But Hearts Never Will
Unknown to the ton, True Sin is a rake reformed, the result of a family tragedy which has left him both the guardian of his orphaned nieces and badly in need of money. Under ordinary circumstances he would spurn Marianna Grantham's outrageous proposal, but he's desperate. When their charade throws them intimately together, True learns that Miss Grantham is not at all the social climber he took her for — and that beneath her prim and proper exterior is a passionate heart he longs to claim for his own.