A marriage of convenience . . . or of destiny? Gerard de Lacey is determined to find the man who is blackmailing his family, but with his inheritance and status at risk, a hasty marriage to a wealthy bride also seems in order—just in case things take a turn for the worse. Charismatic and capable, Gerard knows he can win the hand of any lady he chooses. Still, he's not expecting a rich widow to find him and propose the very thing he wants: a marriage of convenience. Katherine Howe's first marriage was one of dreary duty. Now that she's being pressured to marry her late husband's heir, she's desperate for a better option. Gerard de Lacey, with his sinful good looks, charming manner, and looming scandal, fits her needs perfectly. The fact that she's nursed a secret affection for him only makes it better—and worse. Because Gerard will likely marry her for her fortune—but can he love her for herself, as she loves him?
After reading the first book of The Truth About the Duke series, I wasn't too keen on reading the second straight away, but unfortunately my turn came up at the library and other readers were waiting for their turn. I was actually pretty surprised on how much I enjoyed this book. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a five star read, but it was way better than the first book in my honest opinion.
I truly enjoy the ugly duckling theme. Katherine has lived all her life behind the shadow of her beautiful mother. She's always felt less than pretty and always very awkward, she doesn't have the finesse or the looks that her mother expected. Gerard is the first person that truly sees her for who she is, and she adores that he has a caring heart. Both Gerard and Katherine are likable characters, the only thing that tainted their relationship was that dreaded "misunderstanding". But that too was quickly resolved and they resumed their relationship with gusto.
I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for the eldest brother!
Blame It on Bath by Caroline Linden (3.5/5) Historical Fiction; Published: Avon (2/2012); Series: # 2, The Truth About the Duke; New Release; Library; Books 2012 (34);