Scandal’s Bride by Pamela Gibson is a Historical (Regency) that released last week.
Marry in haste… Lady Gwendolyn Pettigrew longs to be a mother, but refuses to marry the lecherous old fool her father has found for her. When her best friend convinces her to consider her husband’s younger brother as a suitable candidate, Gwen agrees to a marriage of convenience, hoping against hope that her dream of becoming a mother will have a chance.
The Hon. John Montague, a penniless younger son, is handsome, witty, and thrilled that a woman with a dowry has agreed to wed him. Best of all she’s a fiercely independent bluestocking, a woman who won’t want to bother with a family. Because John has a shocking secret. He’s vowed never to bring a child into the world, a child who, like his own mother, might carry the strain of madness.
As secrets unfold, tension grows, threatening the fragile bonds they’ve forged. Worse, someone wants them to abandon their home and leave Yorkshire, and they’ll stop at nothing to make it happen.
He removed his waistcoat, laying it over the topcoat, and sat down opposite Gwen. “Gwen . . .”
They both laughed, and it was a good feeling. He drained his wine glass. “Drink up. I want to talk to you before we retire.”
Her eyes widened, and her breath seemed to catch. Was she feeling faint? He certainly was. Why had he left this so long? Most people consummated their marriage the first night.
She picked up her glass and took a hefty swallow. Her cheeks were as pink as her dress, and she looked as good as an iced sweet in a bakery window, something he’d like to swirl his tongue around and gently taste.
Get on with it.
He took a deep breath, scooted his chair closer to hers until their knees touched, and took one of her hands in his. Her fingers were long and well-shaped. He wondered what they would feel like on his . . .
“Gwen . . .”
They laughed again, and their merriment gave him an opening. He placed his hand behind her head, leaned in, and took her bottom lip in his mouth, nibbling as he watched her face. She was as wide-eyed as he was, not even trying to move away. Then her lashes fluttered, and her eyes closed as she moved closer, inviting him to deepen the kiss. She moaned as his lips closed over hers, and he was totally undone.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Author of eight books on California history and twelve romance novels, Pamela Gibson is a former City Manager who lives in the Nevada desert. Having spent the last three years messing about in boats, a hobby that included a five-thousand-mile trip in a 32-foot Nordic Tug, she now spends most of her time indoors happily reading, writing, cooking and keeping up with the antics of her gran-cats, gran-dog, and gran-fish. Sadly, the gran-lizard went to his final reward.
On Scandal’s Bride
From Pamela Gibson
I always wanted to write a marriage of convenience trope but held off because I wanted it to be different. In reading many—it’s my favorite trope—the hero and heroine generally don’t like each other, are forced into marriage because of a will or some other financial arrangement, and almost always agree it will be temporary.
In Scandal’s Bride, Gwen has a choice. She can marry the man her father has chosen. She can remain unmarried and when her father dies and her brother inherits, she can become a companion or governess (her sister-in-law hates her). Or she can choose her own husband, if she can find one quickly.
John, on the other hand, is out of choices. He’s inspected a property left to him by a grandmother he never knew, making it prosperous will cost more money than he ever hopes to have, and he’s a second son who is dependent on his brother. When Miranda, his sister-in-law, suggests a marriage of convenience to a woman he’s met, but barely remembers, he agrees. She’s desperate to marry someone other than her father’s choice, and she comes with a dowry.
This sets the stage for my story about two people who agree to marry for mutual benefit, who discover they like each other, and over the course of their marriage begin to fall in love, a circumstance neither expected.
The book is about faith versus doubt. Gwen believes she can make anything work as long as she has independence and her husband’s respect. She longs to have children and looks forward to being a “modern” mother. John, on the other hand, is a doubter. In the last book he has the distasteful task of finding a place for his deranged mother to reside, and after seeing horrors, he and his brother keep her confined at home in the country. Worse, John has been influenced by a doctor who insists his research has determined that madness is inherited. John decides not to father children. When Gwen discovers this, a major conflict is set up in the book.
John keeps secrets. When a series of events call John’s loyalty into question, Gwen gradually changes into a doubter. At the same time, John begins to closely examine his own feelings. Maybe he’s wrong. Maybe he can be a father. He’s falling in love with his wife and he wants her in every way.
This isn’t a story about unrequited love. There are legal reasons to consummate a marriage. It is a story about faith, hope, and overcoming doubt when faced with alarming circumstances. The hero and heroine work their way through friendship, respect, and trust before finding love.
I hope readers enjoy following their journey as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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