Robert Beckford, Earl of Masten believes in propriety. When his brother "Lucas" ruins a young lady and swears she was already ruined Robert marries her himself out of family honor. The problem is he believes her to be no better then a whore. He sends her away to live on one of his far away estates hoping to never deal with her again.
When he finds her in London, friends with his sister he is furious and wants her to go back where he put her while still disliking her and calling her insulting names.
These people find their way to love but many secrets come to light. Lucas the brother who ruined her comes back and doesn't approve of their new relationship thinking she's not good enough for his brother. Her long last brother comes back into her life bringing his own secrets. Many other things are involved in this story. Well rounded and interesting. HEA
I have tried to not give spoilers so I can't tell you much except give this book a read!!!!
I really enjoyed this read. It has a lot of twists and surprises that show things aren't always what it seems. Julian Hesham the Marquis of Alston the heir of his father the Duke is fifteen when we meet him and he is out of hand and his father wants to send him on tour but is afraid he'll do something stupid just to make him angry like marry someone unsuitable, He decides to marry him off to a respectable girl of his class before he goes and picks twelve year old Deborah. Since she has been plied with a sleeping drug before the marriage she has no memory of it after it takes place. Young Julian is rushed abroad and Deborah goes on to grow up none the wiser....until Julian comes back to London with a bad reputation and a bride that doesn't know him and thinks he's a rake. He tries to win her by not telling her who he is. The story goes off into many directions and there are a lot of good side characters.