Married to a Stranger
by Louise Allen
Sophia Langley was betrothed to Daniel Chatterton for ten years, but in their time apart she realized that her girlhood passion was just a crush. Now that he's dead though, she and her family are in deep debt without a way out. Until his Daniel's twin brother Callum steps in and asks her to marry him. But can a marriage of convenience with the "other" twin be a good idea? Is there even a choice when Sophia has so few options?
Callum has a hole in his soul where his twin used to sit. Like the tales of many twins they were deeply bonded and although Callum is getting over the pain of loss he knows he will never be whole again. Which is why asking Sophia to marry him seems like such a good idea. He'll have a loveless marriage with a woman whom he respects, finds sexually attractive, and who shares a love for his brother others don't understand. He can do his duty by her AND to his family name. It seems a perfect solution except Sophia doesn't necessarily see it that way.
I really enjoyed the courtship of Sophia and Callum. Although the two put a number of obstacles between their happiness together, they were both intelligent and open enough to get through them and ultimately realize they loved one another.
My favorite part of this book was the sexual tension. If you, like me, really enjoy heavy sexual tension then you'll love this book. Callum knows Sophia is going to say "yes" to him. What he doesn't realize is that the longer she says "no" the more he wants her, and the hotter their passion gets.
Bottom Line: A stand-alone read, and a great end to Allen's latest trilogy.
“Can marrying the twin who made it back alive be a good idea when you were betrothed to the twin that died?”
April 2012, 288 pages
Sophia Langley's life is in turmoil. When she learns of her estranged fiancé's death in a shipwreck, the last thing she expects is for his twin brother, Callum Chatterton, to make a shocking proposal!
Her inner romantic objects to a marriage of convenience—and brooding Cal makes it very clear that's all it can be. Yet to save her family Sophia accepts with trepidation—and a highly inconvenient trembling of desire for her reluctant husband!