I have a book recommendation for you.
It was the ideal marriage of convenience…until they met
Cassandra DeWitt has seen her husband only once—on their wedding day two years earlier—and this arrangement suits her perfectly. She has no interest in the rude, badly behaved man she married only to secure her inheritance. She certainly has no interest in his ban on her going to London. Why, he’ll never even know she is there.
Until he shows up in London too, and Cassandra finds herself sharing a house with the most infuriating man in England.
Joshua DeWitt has his life exactly how he wants it. He has no need of a wife disrupting everything, especially a wife intent on reforming his behavior. He certainly has no need of a wife who is intolerably amiable, insufferably reasonable … and irresistibly kissable.
As the unlikely couple team up to battle a malicious lawsuit and launch Cassandra’s wayward sister, passion flares between them. Soon the day must come for them to part … but what if one of them wants their marriage to become real?
I’ve read this book too fast.
A minor noble family loses their firstborn son and heir. He is survived by his parents and his three sisters. His death crushes his mother and she leans on drugs to cope. His father, troubled and plagued by depression, tries to secure the future for his daughters and arranges the marriage of the oldest one, Cassandra, to a young widower.
Joshua deWitt is a bastard son of a nobleman. He detests his father and the feeling is mutual. Having lost his wife, he has no intention to marry, but he owes a debt of gratitude to Cassandra’s father, so he marries her, they spend one awkward night together, and then he takes of for Birmingham, to his factories. Cassandra’s attempt to communicate with him results in a simple arrangement: she leaves him alone, she doesn’t try to come to London or other places he frequents, and he makes sure their family is well provided for.
Fast forward two years. Cassandra’s father died, and the responsibility for her mother, her sisters, and the estate rests squarely on her shoulders. She is doing her best, but her middle sister is due for a season in London, and she’s been going stir crazy and hitting the brandy. Something has to be done, and Cassandra leaves for London.
She thought he was away on a business trip. He thought she was a bother.
“You’re meant to be in Warwickshire,” he said.
“You’re meant to be in Liverpool.” “I did not give you permission to come to London.”
“I did not ask your permission.”
He stopped so abruptly that it took her a few steps to stop too, and her hand slipped from his arm. She looked back at him questioningly.
“You should,” he said.
In a single stride, he drew level with her again. Once more, she took his elbow and they moved on, although he was no longer sure who was leading whom.
“Let me explain, Mrs. DeWitt, how marriage works.”
“Oh, please do, Mr. DeWitt, I’m all agog.”
“I am the husband, so I make the rules to suit me.”
“And I am the wife, so I change the rules to suit me.”
Vincy, Mia. A Wicked Kind of Husband (Longhope Abbey) (pp. 29-30). Inner Ballad Press. Kindle Edition.
The plot itself isn’t that groundbreaking, but the characters are brilliant. Cassandra is clever and funny and so likable, while Joshua completely breaks the mold of a grumpy alpha hero. Don’t get me wrong, Lord of Scoundrels was a fantastic hero, but we have seen so many iterations of him, and it was so refreshing to read something new. I enjoyed Joshua and Cassandra a great deal.
As always, your mileage may vary, so download a sample.
Author’s website: https://www.miavincy.com/wicked/