A very nice read, especially for those who like romantic love stories in historical setting, in this particular case Regency England. I really loved the two main characters, Abby and Kipp, and the development of their relationship. For theirs isn't a love-at-first-sight kind of story. They marry for most practical reasons, though there's definitely a spark of passion between them right from the very beginning and the marriage of convenience soon blossoms into a love match. Perhaps it's not the most ambitious book I've ever read, but you don't expect too much of this genre, do you? All in all, it's fun to read. :)
The heroine, Abby, is intent on getting her beautiful, albeit somewhat ditzy niece, bracketed to a man with a fortune. How else to keep the ramshackle family into which she married afloat? Abby was widowed before the ripe old age of 24 and since she's the only one in the family with a lick of sense, it looks as though it will be left up to her to figure stuff out. Her niece, Edwardine, is stunning and after all - that's what most men are looking for, right? - so it's off to The Marriage Mart to try and get Edwardine peddled off.
Enter Kipp Rutland, who promised his mother he would get married before his thirtieth birthday and who is feeling more and more guilty as he ages toward 31. His good friend, Brady, decides he will help him along and pushes Edwardine in his face as a foil, with the ulterior motive of getting Abby, who is serving as Edwardine's chaperone/companion for the Season, foisted off on Kipp because Abby is the one Brady believes can ultimately hold Kipp's heart.
I really enjoyed this book once things got rolling. The first 1/4 of the book was only so so and was somewhat frustrating as we had to wade through the erratic nonsensical personalities of Abby's relatives, including twin uncles who rattled on and on about their schemes to get the family back in business again. But once the relationship between Kipp and Abby took off, the storyline kept improving and the last 3/4th was much better. It was a real treat to revisit Bramwell and Sophie, the H/h from "Indiscreet" - one of my all time favorite of Ms. Michaels' books.