Three cheers for the absolute delightful torture that is the marriage of convenience trope. Two people forced to get married and hoping to accomplish some other goal? The moment when one of them realizes they really wished this whole union was actually real and wondering if the other person feels the same? Oh, it is so, so good. Here are five titles that satisfy our marriage of convenience appetite. Happy reading!
Ambitious and lethally intelligent, Gideon Hawthorne has performed the Duke of Windemere’s dirty work for ten years, all the while longing hopelessly for Messalina Greycourt, the duke’s niece. Now Gideon’s ready to quit the duke’s service and strike out on his own. That is, until Windermere makes an irresistible offer: perform one last task and receive Messalina’s hand in marriage.
by Katee Robert
Teague O’Malley hates pretty much everything associated with his family’s name. And when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a “business” alliance, Teague’s ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then Teague actually meets his new fiancee, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight still left in her big blue eyes, and vows he will do everything in his power to protect her.
Jane Winston, widowed and pregnant, crosses paths with Quinn while her father is preaching to the prisoners. Believing his days are numbered, Quinn offers her marriage as a way to guarantee her independence and provide for her child. Neither thinks they’ll actually have a future together.
by Amy Jarecki
With two young sons to care for and a large estate to run, John Erskine, the widowed Earl of Mar, needs to remarry as quickly as possible. And beautiful Lady Evelyn Pierrepont would be the perfect match. But there’s more behind the English lass’s calm demeanor than she’s letting on, including a smoldering allure not even John can ignore.
by Paula Quinn
Sina de Arenberg wants nothing to do with the unsavory MacGregors, especially the fierce Highlander she now calls husband. But the more time she spends with the man she married, the more she sees his honor and courage. Just when she thinks there might be a future for her and Adam, Sina is called back to court. England isn’t the place she remembers, though, and soon she’ll be forced to choose between the life she once knew, and the Highlander who has captured her heart.