by Cheryl Holt

March 2007
ISBN: 0-312-94254-0
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Mass Market Paperback

Jordan Prescott, Earl of Kettering, is in dire need of a rich wife. His father has squandered all their money and shows no desire to support or shelter any of his numerous small children. When Lavinia Gray offers him her daughter, he knows he canít pass up the opportunity to marry for money while he can. Little does he know how destitute the Gray women really are, and desperate to marry into money themselves.

At the ripe old age of 25, Margaret Gray knows she is a spinster and her chances of ever getting married arenít very high. But when Jordan walks in to her bathroom and finds her partially undressed she finds herself not only outraged, but intrigued as well. To say sheís surprised her aunt would offer her in marriage to anyone, much less such a handsome man is an understatement.

Jordan is thrilled to find himself attracted to his future wife until he later learns that Margaret isnít his intended, but instead her younger, spoiled cousin Penelope. Still he canít resist spending time with Margaret as her behavior, mind and outspokenness are so very appealing.

Rounding out the story is Lavinia, a completely selfish, horrid woman who will stop at nothing to get who, or what she wants; Charles, Jordanís father, who enjoys stirring up the pot with his machinations, pitting mother against daughter in a bid to win his hand; Robert Mason, neighbor and suitor to Lavinia and Anne, Charles mistress who wants to be so much more.

In Secret Fantasy the author has forbidden love fighting against duty and circumstance. Margaret and Jordan are great fun as both are strong characters. However I was left not quite feeling as though Jordan deserved Margaret's love when I turned the last page.

Reviewed in February 2007 by Jackie.

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