Her parents drowned at sea, Raine just wants to go home to her Grandfather in Maine.ÿBut her pride stands in her way.ÿDetermined not to take charity, she instead insists on working for her passage home.ÿDerek, the owner of the ship she and her parents traveled on, presents an unusual method of doing so.ÿShe will lay with him and he will get her with child.ÿRegardless of the sex, though he needs a male to appease his father, she will receive a large amount of money upon delivery of the child.ÿAnd then she must walk away from it.
It should have been an exchange of goods for pay, but the human heart doesn't work that way.ÿA widower with no knowledge of passionate love, only duty, is suddenly overwhelmed with feeling for Raine.ÿAnd Raine is shocked at what she herself is capable of.ÿCan so sordid bargain result in a happily ever after?
Being a realist myself my thoughts were to take the charity and go home.ÿBut that's just me.ÿAnd then there wouldn't be a story, now would there?ÿPride goeth before a fall.ÿThat's a saying everyone knows for a reason.ÿRaine is judgmental and scathing in her opinion of Derek's bargain, and yet takes it.ÿKind of hypocritical.ÿAnd just to make it worse, she has feelings for him and really enjoys their sexual interludes.ÿThat's a hard pill to swallow.ÿ
Derek has more problems than needing an heir to get his father off his back.ÿHe has a brother with only daughters who keep making his wife reproduce in that bid for an heir.ÿBut his brother has other ways of insuring he is the father of the heir, and unbeknownst to him, Derek has been a victim of his treachery to get his wish.ÿ
Both hero and heroine had some issues they had to overcome, but I felt more for Derek.ÿHe was the one who truly overcame his personal challenges to become a better person.ÿAs a groveler, he gets an above average mark.ÿHis angst made my day.ÿThat added to the intricate plot the author designed and the crooked path to happiness Raine and Derek must travel made this a much enjoyed read.
Penniless when she arrives in Norfolk, her mother and father drowned at sea, Raine Brinsley lives for the day she can return home to her grandfather in Maine. When Derek Stafford, owner of an affluent manor, offers a solution to her dilemma, Raine is stunned. And outraged. After fulfilling the contract to bear his child, she will dispel every memory of the cad from her mind. Including the carnal longings he's awakened in her traitorous body.
Derek's only goal in life is to father an heir for Stafford House, thereby securing his future. However the Scottish lass with eyes the color of emeralds is interfering with his plans, and his heart. After one night in her arms, guilt, and the loss of his soul has become his penance.
He'd do anything to win her love now, anything to quench this tormenting hunger.