by Debra Mullins

March 2003
ISBN: 0-380-81909-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

A Necessary Bride is a well crafted romance that gives you more to think about than the relationship between its very appealing lead characters.

Justin St. James is a man on a mission. Years ago he was accused of murdering his cousinís fiancť. While not found guilty by the law, the same could not be said for society. Then, merely the cousin of the future Earl of Rathmore, Justin could do nothing but accept banishment by his uncle. But now heís returned to London the Earl of Rathmore following the deaths of both his uncle and cousin. Eager to clear his name and smoke out the real killer he first must find a way to be accepted back into Society.

Margaret Stanton Lynch has decided that itís time she found her niche in life. Knowing she must eventually wed, as befits a woman of her station, sheís determined to find that one thing thatís truly hers before she allows herself to be bound in the shackles of matrimony. While she searches for her calling she becomes the surprising champion of Justin.

Iíve always been a sucker for stories where a woman comes into the heroes life, turns it upside down and adds a bit of much needed sunshine. And thatís precisely what Margaret does. Neither character expects to or is ready to fall in love. So instead they fall in like, then things proceed naturally from there.

I definitely enjoyed A Necessary Bride and feel that the characters are absolutely perfect for each other. I closed this book with a happy feeling inside.

Reviewed in April 2003 by JaToya.

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