A Pledge of Passion By: Victoria Vane
"Only a madman makes a promise in the heat of passion...
During a midnight tryst in a moonlit garden, Nicolas Needham fell in love—only to walk away. As a younger son with few connections, his pride demanded that he better his circumstances before paying his suit to Lady Mariah. When Nicolas is finally given the opportunity he needs to advance—by negotiating a contract of matrimony on the British Envoy’s behalf—he is shocked to learn that the intended bride is the same woman to whom he once pledged himself.
And only a fool believes him.... Lady Mariah Morehaven has lived a quiet, almost reclusive life in the country. While she accepts that marriage is her unavoidable destiny, as a baroness in her own right, and heir to one of the oldest and land-rich estates in England, she fears becoming the target of fortune hunters. Entrusting her cousin’s well-connected godmother to help her find a suitable match, Mariah is devastated to discover that the man sent to negotiate for her hand is the very same who broke her heart."
This was a beautifully written historical romance story that will keep you turning the pages to see what was going to happen next for Lady Mariah Morehaven and Nicolas Needham. If there were
ever two people to be together ...this was the couple but how was that to happen for them? I liked
how this author brings the story to a perfect ending giving the read some very interesting characters
especially that 'Lady Russell'[with all of her matchmaking] who was one of my favorite ones along with several others that help give this story a good read being so well developed and portrayed. This novel was a second in this author series...'The Rules of Engagement # 2.' I would recommend you read this first series so you can keep up with what all has gone on earlier, however this could be a standalone read too. If you are looking for a good historical romance I would definitely recommend this one as a good read.