I entered a contest on the web and won a copy of Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke. I really enjoyed the book so it is getting a post here on my blog.
“When the Ministry of Marriage arranges a match, all that matters is power, wealth, and prestige. In the business of marriage, there is no room for love. But even the most prudent plans can go awry.”
There is a very good explanation for the Ministry of Marriage on Christina’s web site. I recommend that you read it before you start the book. While there is some back-story in Heiress in Love I was a little in the dark about the purpose and players involved in the Ministry. The web site cleared everything up.
Lady Jane Roxdale has had one marriage of convenience and is determined to avoid having another. Fate on the other hand has another idea. Her late husband’s heir, Constantine Black, is a disgraced libertine and is left only the land, the title, and guardianship of six-year-old Luke. Jane expect to be left with nothing except the guardianship of Luke but is instead left all of the money and wealth. Jane wants Luke and Constantine needs the money. The will is forcing Constantine and Jane into a marriage of convenience.
This is a very good set up for the story. Jane does not trust Constantine but is attracted to him. Constantine does not want a marriage based on need instead of love. Outside forces are working to keep them apart. Things really do look hopeless for a while.
There was an excerpt from the next book in the series, Mad About the Earl. It really peaked my interest and is on my list of books to pre-order before it comes out in January of 2012.
St. Martins Paperbacks published Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke in 2011.