With no other means for an income, the impoverished Andrew Black, earl of Townson, makes an agreement that will put a definite end to his eight-year poverty streak. But in order to gain his fortune, he must do only one simple thing: ruin an innocent young lady's reputation enough to make her flee to America.
"Slow and a little boring"
Caroline Sinclair is still trying to scrape her jaw off the floor after hearing her cousin, Lady Olivia's, latest announcement when the object of their conversation, Alex Banks, Olivia's intended, arrives for what Caroline assumes is a bout of drawing-room chitchat with his betrothed. But when an experiment is mentioned, Caroline, who cannot resist a science experiment any more than she can deny her lungs air, volunteers to help before she even knows what his latest experiment is!
Marcus Sinclair, 16th Earl of Sinclair, has lived the last 13 years as a recluse, following an accident that left him heavily scarred. Though a recluse, Marcus has still managed to fall in love. The problem? The woman he's taken with is none other than the sister of the lady he was once betrothed to! Emma Green has fancied herself in love with Marcus since she was barely out of leading strings and he taught her how to fish. Neither her sister's engagement to him, nor the accident that left him disfigured has altered those feelings. But that matters naught. Why would he ever be interested in the younger sister of the lady who ruined his life?
"It's truly awful"
What he wanted was a plain and meek wife to take care of his children and stay out of his bedroom. What he got was a fiery temptress who, despite her plain appearance, was far more desirable than he could handle.
"Viscount Drakely finally gets lucky in love"
Upon their first meeting, 17-year-old Edwina Banks loses her heart to the handsome Sir Wallace Benedict. She then spends three years doing everything in her power to see him again only to be devastated when she hears that he still holds a tendre for his former love interest - Lady Chatterfield. Disappointed but not defeated, Edwina forms a plan to help Sir Wallace gain his much-deserved and long-awaited happily-ever-after by winning the object of his affection's favor.
"Such a sweet story"
Not to be outdone by her sisters' marriage-producing scandals, quiet and withdrawn Madison Banks quickly finds herself walking down the aisle to a man who has secretly loved her for years. Her groom, however, has no idea how to show his new bride that he truly loves her and, following a bungled wedding night, finds himself in a position to either win his wife once and for all or lose her forever. Can he prove himself worthy of her? Will she accept his love? Or will jealousy and past insecurities tear the pair apart?
Liberty Banks loves revenge almost as much as she hates one Mr. Paul Grimes - a man she considers to be the most improper creature she has ever clapped eyes upon. But when her plans for revenge against Paul go bust, she suddenly finds herself walking down the aisle to him.
An avid academic and aspiring scientist, Edward Banks, Lord Watson is pleased to find that he won't have to bother with the nonsense involved in courting a young lady. Young and naive, it doesn't take much for her social-climbing father to convince Regina the gentleman she's to marry has requested her hand out of love, but devastates her when she learns the truth.
"Sometimes it's the man"
It's her wedding day and there is no groom in sight. But why should Amelia Brice be surprised? Hiram, Lord Friar, is known for having no gentleman's honor to speak of, and jilting her on their wedding day makes it official. Elijah Banks cannot allow his childhood friend to continue to be shamed this way. Unable to sit still a second longer, Elijah does the only thing that seems logical from where he stands: kidnap the bride and marry her himself in order to escape this scandal...
"Good story, bad narrator"
At 19, John Banks decides to board a ship bound for America - oblivious of who he'll find when he arrives. Having grown up on a large indigo plantation, the expressive and possibly overdramatic Carolina Ellis can hardly wait to see what the gentlemen of Charleston will be like. But alas, they were not what she'd been hoping for. Ball after ball and dance after dance, Carolina is disappointed time and again. Then she sees him....
While traveling around America, Elijah Banks makes a promise he's unable to keep. So to guard his family's name and his sister-in-law's feelings, Henry Banks tells this beautiful stranger that he is the brother she seeks and impulsively agrees to marry the stunning beauty who introduces herself as Elijah's intended.
England, 1814: Ein begeisterter Wissenschaftler, stets respektiert und für seine Mitmenschen dennoch etwas neben der Norm, so ist Alexander Banks. Vor Kurzem hat er erfahren, dass sein Name in einem Verlobungsvertrag direkt neben dem der schlimmsten Frau von ganz England steht. Sein einziges Schlupfloch ist eine Klausel, die ihm erlaubt, vor seinem dreißigsten Geburtstag eine andere zu heiraten, will er juristische Konsequenzen vermeiden. Alex bleiben vier Wochen Zeit.
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