by Cheryl Bolen

October 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7790-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lady Fiona Hollingsworth has never thought of herself as especially brave or daring, but when she learns that her brother needs her help, she approaches Nicholas Birmingham, a powerful man in his own right. When she tells him about her scheme, she may be taking a bigger risk that even she knows. Fiona is determined to go through with marrying Nicholas, if it means getting her beloved brother home and safe. But will she lose her heart in the process?

Nicholas Birmingham hasnít become the richest stockbroker in England by being anything but shrewd. He fully understands what's behind Fionaís brazen proposal - to become his wife in exchange for his money to free her brother from being held hostage - yet he cannot turn away the one woman who has haunted his dreams and fantasies for so long. Of course, he never tells her this and accepts her proposal and his part of her scheme, but when he slips that ring on her finger, he knows that this plan will turn into so much more.

This is a wonderful Christmas story that will warm your heart and make you want to hug your honey! I love Ms. Bolenís stories. She never fails to entertain and make you fall in love with every one of her characters. Fiona and Nicholas are like star crossed lovers. Each had admired the other from afar, but had never dared to approach the other because of the Ďstation gapí between them. She is of the nobility, he the working class. Never the twain shall meet, that is until they are united for a cause and find that love has no barriers.

A wonderful read!

Reviewed in January 2006 by Debbie.

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