A nobleman’s marriage of convenience takes a sultry turn in this romance that spans from Virginia plantations to Caribbean seas.
Marlee Stafford isn’t a fool. She knows the handsome, arrogant Richard Arden has married her for her money, just as she’s wedded him for his aristocratic name. But Marlee isn’t about to give up all of her control to this cocky baron with a wandering eye. She won’t sign over her inheritance until she’s enticed her broad-shouldered husband into desiring only her. But when his hungry kisses begin to ignite her most intimate fantasies, Marlee knows she’s made a weighty error, for this mysterious man harbors a dark secret—and now he’s holding her helpless under his spell!
Before meeting Marlee, Lark Arden’s only aspiration was to get money for a new ship so he could track down the pirate Manuel Silva who had kidnapped his fiancée, Bettina. But when he takes on the identity of his recently deceased cousin, Richard, he never expects that his blue-eyed proxy bride will tempt him beyond sanity. Lark originally planned only to “borrow” the money from Marlee, then flee. He never though he’d steal her virtue. But how can Lark resist tasting her sweet lips and sampling this dark beauty’s fiery passions? And how can he reconcile his lust for the very woman he’ll soon betray?