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Someone to Wed
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Someone to Wed
Westcott Series, Book 3
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone to Hold.

When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can't afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life...
A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate—and oh-so-dashing—earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past...
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone to Hold.

When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can't afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life...
A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate—and oh-so-dashing—earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past...
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    "The Earl of Riverdale," the butler announced after opening wide the double doors of the drawing room as though to admit a regiment and then standing to one side so that the gentleman named could stride past him.

    The announcement was not strictly necessary. Wren had heard the arrival of his vehicle, and guessed it was a curricle rather than a traveling carriage, although she had not got to her feet to look. And he was almost exactly on time. She liked that. The two gentlemen who had come before him had been late, one by all of half an hour. Those two had been sent on their way as soon as was decently possible, though not only because of their tardiness. Mr. Sweeney, who had come a week ago, had bad teeth and a way of stretching his mouth to expose them at disconcertingly frequent intervals even when he was not actually smiling. Mr. Richman, who had come four days ago, had had no discernible personality, a fact that had been quite as disconcerting as Mr. Sweeney's teeth. Now here came the third.

    He strode forward a few paces before coming to an abrupt halt as the butler closed the doors behind him. He looked about the room with apparent surprise at the discovery that it was occupied only by two women, one of whom-Maude, Wren's maid-was seated off in a corner, her head bent over some needlework, in the role of chaperon. His eyes came to rest upon Wren and he bowed.

    "Miss Heyden?" It was a question.

    Her first reaction after her initial approval of his punctuality was acute dismay. One glance told her he was not at all what she wanted.

    He was tall, well formed, immaculately, elegantly tailored, dark haired, and impossibly handsome. And young-in his late twenties or early thirties, at a guess. If she were to dream up the perfect hero for the perfect romantic fairy tale, she could not do better than the very real man standing halfway across the room, waiting for her to confirm that she was indeed the lady who had invited him to take tea at Withington House.

    But this was no fairy tale, and the sheer perfection of him alarmed her and caused her to lean back farther in her chair and deeper into the shade provided by the curtains drawn across the window on her side of the fireplace. She had not wanted a handsome man or even a particularly young man. She had hoped for someone older, more ordinary, perhaps balding or acquiring a bit of a paunch, pleasant-looking but basically . . . well, ordinary. With decent teeth and at least something of a personality. But she could hardly deny her identity and dismiss him without further ado.

    "Yes," she said. "How do you do, Lord Riverdale? Do have a seat." She gestured to the chair across the hearth from her own. She knew something of social manners and ought, of course, to have risen to greet him, but she had good reason to keep to the shadows, at least for now.

    He eyed the chair as he approached it and sat with obvious reluctance. "I do beg your pardon," he said. "I appear to be early. Punctuality is one of my besetting sins, I am afraid. I always make the mistake of assuming that when I am invited somewhere for half past two, I am expected to arrive at half past two. I hope some of your other guests will be here soon, including a few ladies."

    She was further alarmed when he smiled. If it was possible to look more handsome than handsome, he was looking it. He had perfect teeth, and his eyes crinkled attractively at the...
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 14, 2017
    With her signature voice and steady pace, Balogh crafts a thoughtful, sweet Regency-era love story to follow Someone to Hold. The new Earl of Riverdale, Alexander Westcott, inherited a title and property without the money to support them, but he refuses to consider marrying an heiress merely for her bank account. When Wren Heyden, a wealthy young widow, shocks him with a marriage proposal, Alexander will only consider it if she consents to exploring their compatibility with a proper courtship. But Wren is a virtual recluse due to the purple birthmark covering half her face, and she resists opening herself up to potential ridicule from society. She only proposed in a desperate attempt to experience marriage and gain a family, not having considered the public duties expected of a countess. As Alexander gets to know Wren, he realizes that her physical veil is matched by the veil around her heart, hiding the pain of loneliness and shame. His efforts to convince her that love sees past appearance will appeal to series fans. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency.

  • Kirkus

    September 1, 2017
    A financial exchange turns into quiet passion as a scarred heiress and a down-at-the-heels aristocrat fall in love after their wedding.In this third novel in the Westcott family series, Balogh (Someone to Hold, 2017, etc.) employs the classic "marriage of convenience" trope but without the rancorous couple often found in such plots. Wren Heyden has led the life of a recluse, fearing people's reactions to a facial blemish. Raised by kindly distant relatives, she has shunned other intimacy but knows she must act if she is to have any family in the future. The target of her ambitious proposal is Alexander Westcott, the new Earl of Riverdale, who has unexpectedly inherited the decrepit neighboring estate. Alexander is taken aback by her offer but torn between offense and a nagging sense that Wren has hidden depths. This instinct, and the rationale that her money from a prosperous business could restore his holdings, convinces him to wed the woman who warns him she is a bad bet. As their courtship and honeymoon unfold, Wren sheds her veils to trust the growing love of her thoughtful spouse. In turn, Alexander is outraged when he learns who forced a fearful mask on his gentle wife but understands that she needs support in confronting her demons, not rescuing. Balogh constructs detailed portraits of both characters, but some members of Wren's family seem like caricatures, and there's too much screen time given to the many Westcotts seen in previous books, slowing the pace of the action to a crawl. The back story recaps also feel excessive though done in service of the idea that marriages are not just between two people. In the author's familiar meditative style, the novel demonstrates how family ties can be forged by patient and persistent devotion in marriage.

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  • Library Journal

    October 15, 2017

    When independent, reclusive businesswoman Wren Heyden gathers her courage and offers Alexander Westcott, the newly minted but impoverished Earl of Riverdale, wealth in exchange for marriage, it's an unconventional but definitely intriguing proposal. Alex needs funds to restore his badly neglected estate, and wealthy Wren, cursed with a purple facial birthmark she believes renders her generally "unmarriageable," wants a husband and a family. It's a logical choice, and they agree to a tentative courtship. Neither, of course, is expecting the attraction and deep affection that eventually develop. With a courageous heroine who gradually reclaims the sense of self-worth that had cruelly been stripped from her as a child and a hero observant enough to see what she needs, this story restores faith in the human spirit to survive against the odds. VERDICT Balogh delves into her characters as only she can and delivers another emotionally compelling romance that is truly unforgettable. This brilliant novel will find a place on readers' "keeper" shelves. Balogh (Someone To Hold) lives in Canada.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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