Lady Margaret Landor first met
Sebastian Townshend as a child, when he caught her peeking into her older
sister's engagement ball. Tall, dashing, and charming, Sebastian was one of the
most sought-after bachelors in Kent
and cut a romantic figure she would not soon forget. Never did she dream that
one day she would be living at his family's magnificent estate with Sebastian's
father, the eighth Earl of Edgewood, as her guardian--while Sebastian is
banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel.
When life at Edgewood takes a sinister turn
with the earl suffering a suspicious number of life-threatening accidents,
Margaret wonders if Sebastian's younger brother and his wife have grown
impatient to inherit the earldom. Setting out to find the one man she believes
can set the situation to rights, she discovers that Sebastian Townshend has
forged a new identity for himself on the continent.
Now known as The Raven, a deadly mercenary, notorious for accomplishing any
mission no matter how seemingly impossible, he has vowed never to return to England. Not
until Margaret meets his outrageous monetary demands does Sebastian agree to
return home, reluctantly posing as her husband in order to facilitate his
return to society. When he learns she cannot afford to pay his fee, he suggests
a scandalous trade.
As Margaret and Sebastian work to uncover the intrigue at his father's estate,
a fierce passion blooms that neither of them anticipated and neither can
resist. But can Margaret persuade Sebastian to abandon the dark path he
believes is his fate and claim the life--and love--he deserves? Breathtaking in
scope and wondrously passionate, Marriage Most Scandalous is Johanna
Lindsey at her finest.