The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride by Virginia Heath

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Marriage…To the highest bidder

Lady Lydia Barton cannot seem to avoid Owen Wolfe since he returned after being wrongly transported for stealing her family’s jewels! But Lydia has more pressing problems―like her impending arranged marriage. Until Owen makes her father a counter-offer for her hand. Is Owen purely after her society connections? Or does Lydia dare hope that the charming stable boy she once loved is still within her ruthless, wealthy new husband?


This is a book where the biggest question is can love conquer the past and embrace the future
Lydia’s family is in major debt and she has to marry to pull them out of the disaster. Her family chose a person who let’s be honest made my skin crawl just from his description, but there is another offer. Lydia’s family accused Owen of a crime and he was convicted and sent to the colonies for hard labour but he’s back in London and has offered to marry Lydia, the one girl he couldn’t forget, however there are conditions! 
I loved the character of Owen, he has been through so much and has fought back. He is a self made man who manages one of London’s most elite gaming clubs. He had never been able to forget Lydia and his feelings for her come through to the reader so strongly even when he tries to deny them which makes me adore him
I struggled more with Lydia to start with as she is so self assured and won’t accept what is under her nose which is so frustrating! She is a character who has been ignored by her family and doesn’t really know her own self worth which did start to help me to warm towards her as she seemed more real. As the story progressed I understood more that the facade she puts on is just that and that she is a much more likeable character
Thanks to my struggles with Lydia, I did struggle with this book to begin with but very quickly I understood what and why things were happening and became hooked wanting to know if there was any chance of happiness and who had committed the theft that Owen had been accused of. I will admit that was a twist I didn’t see coming! 
I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a fabulous historical romance with characters who were forced apart but who are now back together having to learn about themselves and each other again 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

Lilian Author

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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