Title: Marriage Mart Mayhem #3: The Lady's Disgrace
Author: Callie Hutton
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance
He must marry her off. Quickly.
When Rector Joseph Fox drops by the Lacey household, he certainly didn’t expect to leave as a man engaged to a long-time family friend! Yet while he never could have aspired to have her, Lady Abigail always ignited a forbidden longing in him. But Abigail has one condition – their marriage is to be void of passion or physical pleasures, once she becomes with child. Faced with a platonic marriage of convenience, Joseph is determined to embark on a sensuous adventure with only one goal: to seduce his new wife…
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You've got to love a patient man. He's the one who waits for his ladylove to wake up and see what's right in front of her. He's the one who'll seduce, cajole, and charm his way into her heart. He's the one who'll fight for and defend her against everyone else. Why? Because he knows they are meant to be together, believes they could be more than friends, understands how living without her isn't an option.
Joseph was incredibly patient throughout this story. There were moments were his frustration got the better of him, but they were insignificant compared to his willingness to do what was necessary to win Abigail's heart and her love. Not even what he would gain financially by marrying up mattered as he wooed Abigail as a lover, not just as a friend.
Abigail's reluctance to engage her heart in their relationship was understandable. She'd given it away once only to have it trampled underfoot by the undeserving bastard. But she was powerless to her husband's gentle pursuit of her. Little by little, bit by bit, he wore down her defenses until loving him without conditions was her only option.
There were problems along the way, the most obvious being their inability to communicate. Joseph and Abigail hid so much away from each other, staying silent when they should have spoken up. Knowing how they felt about their situation but not seeing them actually speaking to one another was frustrating and irritating.
This sensual romance took me by surprise. It wasn't just about a marriage of convenience or doing what he had to make her fall in love with him. It was a well-written story about taking a chance, putting your heart on the line, daring to love again, and finding happiness with the right person.
The USA Today best selling author of The Elusive Wife writes both Western Historical and Regency romance, with "historic elements and sensory details" (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional contemporary or two. Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, and daughter-in-law (thankfully all not in the same house), and her top cheerleader husband of thirty-eight years. She also currently waits with bated breath for the birth of twin grandsons.