Lady Katherine ‘Kate’ Howe, the widow of Viscount Howe, is a very wealthy woman. Her husband had borrowed money from her father before his death. But the terms of her father’s will left his fortune plus the repayment of the loan to Kate. With her husband’s death, there is the real risk of the new viscount losing a significant part of his estate to Kate or going bankrupt to repay her. But he has decided to settle the debt in a different way; he will marry Kate himself. Not really a beautiful woman to start with, Kate’s looks are downplayed even more by the dull gowns her mother convinces her to wear. Besides that, her mother and her husband’s constant insults about her appearance have made her withdraw into herself. Kate’s mother, who has a love of nobility and status, despite her own poor background, convinced her to marry Lord Howe, a much older man. At times abused by her husband before his death, she is determined not to marry his heir, who is cut from the same cloth as her husband. When she sees the scandal involving Gerard and his family, she knows he will need money.
Sneaking out and approaching Gerard, she strikes up a meeting and convinces him to accept a marriage of convenience. He will save her from marrying the new Viscount Howe and he will have her fortune. But their marriage will also be a real marriage in every way. For many years Kate has harbored a love for Gerard, due to a kindness he showed her when she was young. That is one of the reasons she singled him out for her proposition. But can she win his love, or is she doomed to an unrequited love?
Absolutely scrumptious, BLAME IT ON BATH, the second novel in talented author Caroline Linden’s THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DUKE trilogy, is a suspense-filled and passionate historical romance. Although part of a series, this story can be read as a standalone. But for even more enjoyment, start with the novella I LOVE THE EARL, which sets the story up. Then follow that with the first novel in the trilogy; ONE NIGHT IN LONDON, topped off by BLAME IT ON BATH. I am eagerly awaiting the final book in this delightful trilogy; THE WAY TO A DUKE’S HEART, Charlie, the duke’s, story. I loved watching Kate gain confidence and begin to stand up for herself, once she was no longer constantly in her mother’s company. Although it is a marriage of convenience, Gerard and Kate are well matched and I look forward to seeing them again in Charlie’s story. This story is brimming with humor, engaging characters, suspense, romance and love, making it a keeper. Do not miss BLAME IT ON BATH!
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