With His Ring

The Brides of Bath

Book 2
Harper & Appleton
22
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Texas Gold's Runner-up for Best Historical Romance

Cheryl Bolen does it again! There is laughter, and the interaction of the characters pulls you right into the book. I look forward to the next in this series. 4 Stars – RT Book Reviews

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Glee Pembroke has turned down countless offers of marriage because she has secretly been in love with her brother's best friend, Gregory Blankenship, all her life. When she learns Gregory will lose his considerable fortune if he's not wed by his twenty-fifth birthday, she persuades him to enter into a sham marriage with her. What he doesn't know is that she plans to win his heart. She will do everything in her power to make him happy – including mimicking the ways of a "fast" woman since he's noted for alliances with women of that sort. Why did he ever allow himself to marry the maddening Glee? He'd thought they would have great fun, but at every turn, she exasperates him. Why does she persist in wearing the bodice of her dresses so blasted low? Why do other men persist in flirting with her, his wife? And why in the blazes has his heretofore complacent life been turned upside down by this sham marriage? He finds himself longing for a real marriage, but for reasons he cannot divulge, that can never happen.

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Having never left Upper Barrington in her twenty years, orphan Miss Emma Hastings is  overjoyed when the uncle she's never met invites her to come live with him in London. Everything about living in the Capital lures her. She doesn't even mind sharing her seat in the mail coach with a gargantuan man whose belly rests on his lap. Even when her uncle fails to meet her at the posting inn in London, she's too exhilarated over the city's sights and sounds to be worried. After many hours pass and her uncle does not collect her, she determines to lug her trunk behind her as she struggles through London's streets at night to find her uncle's home.

Spurned by his mistress and vowing to never love again, Adam Birmingham, whose family is the richest in Britain, decides to get very drunk. As he's staggering home, he takes pity on a very small young lady who's lugging a very large trunk behind her. In the rain. Her destination is the home of his next-door neighbor, but no one answers the bell. Adam is compelled to ask the young woman to spend the night at his home. Promptly after showing her the chamber in which she'll sleep, Adam passes out on her chaise. It's not until the following morning he remembers that the lady's uncle has died.

When Adam learns that Emma cannot return to Upper Barrington and that she has nowhere to go, he offers marriage to the hysterical lady. His heart is so shattered, he will never love again. Why not make this helpless orphan happy? Soon after they wed, they become convinced that someone has forged her uncle's will--and likely murdered her uncle. Their resolve to bring the murderer to justice jeopardizes Emma's life. Knowing she's in danger brings out Adam's protective instincts--and something far deeper, something he'd thought to never feel again. . . 

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Publisher
Harper & Appleton
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Published on
May 27, 2011
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Pages
348
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ISBN
9781939602046
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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 The Beauty and the Scholar. . . 

The Brides of Bath are Back! Book 5 in The Brides of Bath series.



Certain the "smart" Steffington twin is the person who can help her
recover her late husband's nearly priceless stolen Chaucer manuscript,
Catherine Bexley tearfully persuades the scholar to assist her. A deal
is struck. She's particularly pleased that the Doctor of Letters is not
interested in seducing her because she's finished with men (owing to her
late husband's multitude of unfortunate alliances with. . .doxies).
Regaining the manuscript and its subsequent sale will give her
independence to ensure she never has to marry again.



Once he learns the poor, delicate widow is in danger of losing her
heavily mortgaged home if they cannot find the valuable hologram, Dr.
Melvin Steffington vows to do everything in his power to restore the
rare Canterbury Tales to her. It's obvious the pretty little thing needs
a man to help her. Not normally the twin to take note of pretty little
things, Melvin can't help but to observe that Mrs. Bexley's physical
appearance is much like the beauties so admired by his twin brother.



He hadn’t counted on the fact he would have to pose as her husband
as they race against the banker's ticking clock. He hadn’t counted on
the mysterious thief attempting to kill him. Most of all, he hadn't
counted on how close he would become to the lovely widow or how the
kissing of said widow would become the most pleasant experience in his
entire seven and twenty years. . .
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