By Mary Balogh
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A enchanting tale of passionate awakening and redemption, Mary Balogh’s new novel unites a battle hero consigned to darkness with a impressive lady who unearths her personal salvation via displaying him the sunshine of love.
desirous to break out his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a distant kingdom village. yet even there, one other marital capture is sprung. So whilst pass over Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf unearths her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s domestic, Vincent is pressured to behave. He can have been blinded in conflict, yet he can see an answer to either their difficulties: marriage.
initially, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent’s thought. but if this sort of gloriously good-looking guy persuades her that he wishes a spouse of his personal picking out up to she wishes safeguard from destitution, she concurs. Her substitute is just too dreadful to think about. yet how can an all-consuming hearth burn from this sort of chilly association? As friendship and camaraderie bring about candy seduction and sensual excitement, dare they suspect a cut price born of desperation may possibly lead them either to a love destined to be?
Praise for The Arrangement
“Balogh knows not just the period, with all its nuances, yet [also] is aware her characters so completely that readers are swept into her tales. There’s a typical reserve—a calmness and quiet in her prose—that permits the tenderness of the romance to drag on the reader’s middle. it is a fantastically rendered marriage-of-convenience love tale that would win a spot on keeper shelves.”—RT booklet stories (4-1/2 stars)
“This horny, touching publication revisits the marriage-of-convenience plot, becoming a member of heroic, conflicted characters who're navigating their very own models of darkness and offering them to the redemptive strength of affection. Regency best-seller Balogh once more takes a customary romance trope and imbues it with middle, emotional intelligence and perfect authenticity.”—Kirkus studies (starred review)
“This touching, absolutely mesmerizing tale overflows with refined humor, remarkable conversation, breathtaking sensuality, and aiding characters you need to comprehend better.”—Library magazine (starred review)
“Balogh can regularly be relied on to carry a fantastically written Regency romance with beautiful, strange characters, and the second one in her new Survivors’ membership sequence (after The Proposal) is not any exception. . . . destiny sequence installments promise extra compellingly tormented heroes.”—Publishers Weekly
“[A] poignant and considerate romance.”—Booklist
“A compassionate love tale with a special hero and heroine . . . The discussion is snappy, and the climax . . . is interesting and is helping result in the completely satisfied finishing. . . . The association [is] a needs to read.”—Fresh Fiction
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Additional resources for The Arrangement (The Survivors' Club, Book 2)
To her wild shrieks of protest, he hauled her across his lap. "I warned you," he said. " Jessie shrieked as his hand came down hard on her bottom, her tattered gray breeches little protection against the sting of his palm. " she cried out. Two, three, four. " Five, six, seven. Another child would have been pleading for him to stop. Not Jessie Fox. Matt jerked her upright and she stumbled to her feet. Huge blue eyes stared into his face. It surprised him to discover they were glazed with tears.
At last, all the years that she had studied until dawn, practiced her penmanship till her fingers ached and blisters rose on her thumb, repeated her French till her throat was raw and her voice was gone—would finally be worth the grueling effort—not that it wasn't already. Still, thinking of how different she was from the wild, filthy little termagant the captain had known, there was that one brief, sweet moment when she'd allowed herself to believe in her childish dreams. Now she knew the hard, bitter truth.
You're right, Vi. This isn't the first time the captain has seen me at my worst. " She whirled toward the tub, stripping off her filthy breeches and muddy homespun shirt, kicking off her mud-caked riding boots. In minutes she sat chin-deep in hot sudsy water, the scent of roses drifting across her skin. She washed her hair and rinsed it, then leaned back against the tub. Her ankle felt better and her headache was gone. Her courage had returned, along with a shot of determination. The steamy water began to soothe away her tension.