Published by Harlequin Special Releases on March 20th 2018
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Every woman wants to marry him
But what if he is already taken?
In this Matches Made in Scandal story, Jean-Luc Bauduin, Parisian society's most eligible bachelor, is determined to take only a wife of his choosing. But until that day comes, he'll ward off his admirers by hiring Lady Sophia Acton to wear his ring! The passion Jean-Luc shares with his convenient bride is enormously satisfying--until he discovers Sophia's utterly scandalous past!
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
From Courtesan to Convenient Wife is the second book in the Matches Made in Scandal series by Marguerite Kaye. Although part of a series it can easily be read as a standalone story.
The Procuress is a woman determined to help women who have for whatever reason fallen from grace in the eyes of London’s Society. In doing so she also helps particular gentlemen who need a woman to help them in various circumstances. Nothing untoward mind you.
Lady Sophia Acton is the woman the Procuress decides to help. Assured that none of her past will be disclosed to the man she would be helping, and knowing that the money she will make will set her up in a home in the country, Sophia readily agrees to take on the task. She is to pretend, in public at least, to be married to a man determined not to get leg-shackled by another woman who believes she is betrothed by contract to marry him.
Jean-Luc Bauduin is that man, he is also one of the most sought-after men in Paris where this story takes place. He is absurdly wealthy and just as good looking. He needs Sophia to pretend to be his wife until he can look into the claims of the woman who claims she has a contract signed by their fathers that they are to marry. The main problem is that she believes him to be a nobleman, somebody that isn’t him! He needs to prove without the shadow of a doubt that he isn’t the man she believes him to be.
Sophia helps to keep the woman away by pretending to be Jean-Luc’s wife, but she also wants to help him look into the mystery of why this other woman claims to be betrothed to him.
The story that unfolds is an exciting one, not only with regards to the romance developing between Sophia and Jean-Luc and the obstacles that could come between them, not least his supposed betrothal contract, but also watching Jean-Luc come to terms with things that he learns along the way. Things about both himself and also about Sophia.
I was hooked on the intrigue of this story from the very first chapter, and I loved every minute of it. Marguerite Kaye has an amazing knack for painting a picture with her words, so it’s all too easy to visualise the beautiful places in France that Jean-Luc and Sophia visit. I loved to picture the clothes worn in that era too, so easily achieved thanks to the author’s descriptions.
This was a beautiful story with a wonderful ending and I happily recommend it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.