Since my previous review of this book didn't show up, I'm trying again.... This is the first book by Mary Jo Putney I'd read, and it didn't disappoint in the least. In fact, I loved it and just didn't want to put it down.
Although the cover suggests it's about Jason Kincaid and Caroline Hanscombe, in fact there are four main characters: Richard Dalton and Caroline's Aunt Jessica come into it as well. Jason chooses Caroline as his bride at random - he literally draws her name out of a bowl - and she accepts him under duress. But she won't accept his invitation to his country estate unless her aunt accompanies her. But Jessica and Jason have met before....
At the same time, Richard Dalton, who has received some astonishing news, journeys to his old family home... which just happens to border Kincaid land. And he meets Caroline. What happens next? Well, you'll just have to read and find out!
Personally, I think Putney does a great job of characterisation, and all four main characters are portrayed sympathetically and likeably. I can certainly see - contrary to the other reviewer - what Jason could have seen in Caroline once he got to know her: their conversation at the ball made that very clear, and I agree with what he said to her then. (If you've read this book, you'll know what I mean!).
And look out for Richard's wicked cousin, Reggie. He seems totally without redemption, but then again, who knows... and of course, there is The Rake, the sequel to this book!