In 1814, Tess Hamlin knows her carefree life as the belle of the Ton is over due to her sibling's idiotic investments costing the family fortune. Considered a wealthy heiress, Tess realizes she must marry a rich suitor to protect herself from society's scorn and save her family from ruin.
Brenn Owen has recently inherited the impoverished Merton estate. The new Earl needs a major influx of funds and to his own chagrin enters the aristocratic marriage mart. He proposes to Tess because she is pretty, intelligent, and has a large dowry. Desperate, Tess accepts, but hides the truth about her lack of fiscal funds from her fiancé, leaving her sleepless in London with a case of a bad conscience. As the twosome falls in love, both worry what will happen when the omissions of their true fiscal state surfaces to their relationship.
MARRIED IN HASTE is a genial Regency romance that readers will take much pleasure in reading. The story line is a typical sub-genre tale, but the skills of Cathy Maxwell bring a lively freshness to the jocular plot. Readers will enjoy the antics of the lead protagonists as they struggle with honesty and love in their newly merging relationship. Ms. Maxwell shows why she is one of the super leaders of the historical romance with this pleasant novel.