No Marriage of Convenience (Avon Romantic Treasure) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Nov 2000
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The Earl of Ashlin is willing to enter a marriage of convenience to save his family from financial disaster, but one kiss from his beautiful bride-to-be convinces him he should pursue love as well. Original.
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From the start of the book you know that really she is a titled lady. Plus its obvious who would be trying to kill her.
Amazingly enough although she is an actress she is 'pure' and he is celebate.
I think that the other characters - his nieces, cousin, and friends etc are the best bit and make it worth a read. If you have not read any of Elizabeth Boyles books then try a different one first because they are so much better.
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Riley's theatre troupe owes the earl a large sum of money, and she's prepared to pay part of it back by working with his three out-of-control nieces in order to prepare them for marriage. (The idea of hiring an actress to train young women is an unlikely scenario in this period, but I'm willing to suspend belief because this book is just SO MUCH FUN!)
Mason's courtship of the heiress goes rather slowly, because he finds himself constantly distracted by the beautiful, seductive, and talented Madame Fontaine. He discovers that not only is she not what she seems, but it appears that someone is trying to kill her. At this point, the heiress thing gets put on the back burner as Mason determinedly installs her in his home for protection while he sets about trying to discover the killer.
Riley never thought she would fall for a college professor, but after the fact, she can't bear the thought of losing him to the heiress. She herself went through some very tough times after being abandoned by her mother and sold on the streets of Paris, but somehow she always found a way to survive without selling herself or her integrity. But Mason has to put the family honor first...or does he?
A truly riveting read for any fan of historical romance...especially if you like a touch of humor applied liberally to the sexual tension. The final scene had me choking with laughter. If only every book were as entertaining as this one!
Actress Madame Riley Fontaine arrives to allegedly pay off a debt that Mason never heard of in his life. To Riley's chagrin and shock, the studious Mason reads the contract instead of ogling her body as she expected. The debt owed the estate by Riley would pay for the three nieces' debut. Instead, his Cousin Felicity works a deal in which Riley trains the nieces into becoming the diamonds of the season. As Riley and Mason work together and begin considering a marriage of convenience, they fall in love. However, she remains a financially strapped actress with a mysterious past and he is an aristocrat facing bankruptcy.
NO MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE is an entertaining Regency romance filled with an assortment of odd, but endearing characters (and a villain). The brazen story line is amusing yet filled with tender feelings that touch the audience. Elizabeth Boyle's witty tale will provide much delight to sub-genre readers.