The Scarlet Bride
By Cheryl Ann Smith
Release date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
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Notorious bad boy Simon Harrington, third in line for his uncle's title, has finally conceded to settling down and finding a noble wife. Then he stumbles across a courtesan in peril on a dark London street, and his life takes an unexpected turn. Fearing for her safety, he brings the mysterious beauty to his cousin's School for Brides, where compromised women are taught how to be suitable wives. But he finds it impossible simply to walk away.
A poor country squire's daughter, Laura Precott was promised in marriage to the shadowy Earl of Westwick. Instead of making her his wife, however, he betrayed her and forced her to become his mistress. When she learned of his plan to sell her at auction, she fled for her life.
Simon knows he must forget his feelings for such an unsuitable woman or risk disgracing his family. But when Laura's former lover turns out to have been murdered the very night of her escape, suspicion falls squarely on Laura. Now it is up to Simon to prove her innocence—even if it leads to his downfall...
Genre: Regency Period, Historical Romance, England
"The School for Brides has a new resident, allowing Smith to add another strong, resilient heroine to her feminist series. It's wonderful to get reacquainted with past characters, and the connection between them, as the plot — complete with suspense, murder and passion — unfolds" -- RT BookReviews