VIRTUAL TOUR AND REVIEW
A REGAL BEAUTY …When the duchess decides to wed her to a wastrel and a fop, Ravyn Grahm takes matters into her own hands and declares her engagement to another man. Instead of fessing up and telling her great aunt what she has done, she goes through with the pretense. Aric Lakeland is the bastard son of an earl and has a dangerous reputation. But Ravyn is willing to do most anything to keep the duchess from discovering the lie.
A DEVIL-MAY-CARE SMUGGLER …He’d bought land in America, looking to put down roots and end his life of adventure, but Aric Lakeland got more than he bargained for when he encountered a beautiful heiress who made a promise she didn’t want to keep. But the promise could not be undone and standing between them were more obstacles than either ever dreamed. Aric had made plans to spend the rest of his life in America and that was at odds with Ravyn’s plan of living in England and running her father’s estate. Now, he’ll have to choose between his dreams and the woman he loves more than life.
Richy drew himself up, a smug smile on his face, and gave an approving nod to the duchess.
“I don’t understand what you are doing?” Ravyn spoke to the duchess. “I thought you wanted us to be happy. I thought you wanted what was best for us. I don’t love him.”
“Love is not necessary for a marriage. You will learn to love him with time. Your father charged me with seeing you wed. I intend to do just that.”
She waved a hand in the air. “He is well appointed. His pedigree is implacable. And he has money.”
Aric thought he should step in here. “Richy has been disowned by his father and he has lost two fortunes at the gaming table just this week. He no longer has an inheritance or a pedigree. He needs Ravyn’s money.”
“Bah, ‘tis sour grapes,” the duchess said, pointing an accusing finger and staring pointedly at Aric.
“I will never marry him and that should be enough said, but…” Ravyn turned her back on Richy.
Aric shrugged. “Think what you will.”
Ravyn shook off Richy’s tight hold on her arm and stepped forward, pushing her disheveled hair back and picking up her skirts so she wouldn’t trip. She placed her hand on Aric’s arm and looked into his eyes before she spoke.
“I cannot marry Richy because I am already wed to Aric.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master’s degree in secondary education and counseling. Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota’s Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children. Christine’s newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.
Heat Level: 2
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by Lee Anne:
A Marriage of Inconvenience is the story of two people who are so right for each other but think they are wrong for each other. In their desire to do what they feel is right for the other person, they end up hurting each other over and over. It will break your heart and make you want to knock some heads together.
Ravyn has no desire to marry, endure the marriage bed, and least of all, have children. Her past experiences have taught her that men only care about one thing, and as a result women must suffer for it. She wants no part of that.
Aric wants nothing more than to marry a strong woman, put down roots in America and have children. When he gets sucked into a marriage to Ravyn he feels he’s lost everything he ever wanted. And worse, he feels he’s taken England and society away from Ravyn.
When Aric’s attempts at seducing Ravyn are thwarted, he sets out to make Ravyn miserable until she releases him from the sham of a marriage. Ravyn refuses.
I was quickly pulled into the story as Ravyn and Aric pretend to be married to keep Ravyn from being forced into marriage to an unscrupulous fop. They continued the sham until they were forced to be married in a quiet ceremony.
Ravyn’s experiences as a child kept her from realizing how wonderful things can be between a man and woman. As a result she ends up hurting Aric. In return, Aric then sets out to make Ravyn agree to an annulment by being mean to her. As I was reading this I kept wanting to reach into the book and smack them both on the head and tell them to STOP!
Ravyn had many things to learn once she reaching America. She was exposed to the horrors of slavery, Indians, and harsh living conditions. All of this was very different from the life she grew up living in London. Ravyn is a strong character and withstood all the harshness using an inner strength. I found her to be an amazing character and I loved her for it.
Aric was very frustrating for me. While I realize he wasn’t working with all the information, he didn’t listen to those around him. He was convinced he knew what was best for Ravyn and what she needed. It didn’t matter what Ravyn said to him or what anyone else said to him, he knew best.
Christine Young did an amazing job of creating characters that on the one hand make you smack them for their stubbornness and on the other cheer them on as they do what they can to survive in a harsh world. The backdrop of Colonial America is perfect for this story. Ravyn comes to realize that life outside London is very different. While it’s different, it’s beautiful and harsh all at the same time.
A Marriage of Inconvenience is the second in a series. The first book is The Wager. In The Wager we meet some of the characters that are part of Ravyn and Aric’s lives in America. Even though A Marriage of Inconvenience is the second in the series, I did not feel lost having not rad The Wager. I could tell there was a backstory to some of the characters in the story but enough was explained that I didn’t feel lost. I will go back and read The Wager and I think’s it will be a good story!
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