This book is actually 3 separately titled novels by Stephanie Laurens. The first "The Reasons For Marriage" (1994): Jason, Duke of Eversleigh has finally determined that it is time that he wed. His future bride should be intelligent, able to hostess large gatherings with ease, run his households with efficiency, willing to stay in the country, bear him an heir and a spare, and allow him to return to his previous lifestyle in London. Easy right? Well he found that and more in Miss Lenore Lester. She has been managing her father's and brother's financial affairs, hostessing all of their parties, and running their estate for eleven years. When Jason meets Lenore, he finds that she's the perfect woman to be his Duchess, but what he finds out is that his 'reasons for marriage' are not all they're cracked up to be, and when he falls in love with her, they matter not at all.
In "A Lady of Expectations" (1995), Jack Lester decided that it's his turn to take a wife, only he wants someone like his sister Lenore, a perfect hostess, attractive, and comfortable to live with. But, he must find one soon, before the matchmaking mammas find out the the Lester fortunes have been restored! He goes to a party given by Lady Asforby, an old family friend, and meets Sophia Winterton and sees his destiny. Sophie feels his gaze from the other side of the room and is captivated, until she finds out that he needs to marry an heiress, which she is not, and fights his attentions all the way. How will he convince her that he doesn't need an heiress, that all he needs is her?
"An Unwilling Conquest" (1996) finds Harry Lester running from the Season and from the matron's who want him for their daughters. What he finds instead is an upturned carriage with the most beautiful pair of blues eyes that need rescuing. When Mrs. Lucinda Babbacombe sees the strong hand reaching into the carriage to pull her out, she is struck by a sensation she has never felt before. Being a widow and fairly experienced, this confuses her, until she realizes that he feels the same reaction and is fighting it. How does she face this 'unwilling conquest' and make him understand that what they feel is magic and they will be together forever? Only love will show the way, together with a few interfering friends and relatives!!
I loved this book...being that I'm a very fast reader, a book of this length was a wonderful way to really 'sink' my teeth into. I love Stephanie Laurens, anything she writes is a keeper!!