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cover56992-mediumGrand Passion…or epic disaster?

Lord Nevinstoke revels in acting the young wastrel, until his father is killed in a drunken duel. Never one to do anything halfway, Nev throws off his wild ways to shoulder a mountain of responsibility—and debt—vowing to marry a rich girl and act the respectable lord of the manor.

Manufacturing heiress Penelope Brown seems the perfect choice for a wife. She’s pretty, proper, and looking for a husband.

Determined to rise above her common birth, Penelope prides herself on her impeccable behavior and good sense. Grand Passion? Vulgar and melodramatic. Yes, agreeing to marry Nev was a rare moment of impulse, yet she’s sure they can build a good marriage based on companionship and mutual esteem.

But when they arrive at the manor, they’re overwhelmed with half-starved tenants, a menacing neighbor, and the family propensity for scandal. As the situation deteriorates, the newlyweds have nowhere to turn but to each other. To Penelope’s surprise, she begins to fervently hope that her first taste of Grand Passion in her husband’s arms won’t be her last.

First published by Dorchester in March 2010.

Warning: Contains kisses in the breakfast room, account books in the bedroom…and murder in the garden. Featuring a heroine who’s used to settling, a hero who’s used to getting what he wants without trying, and a love for which they’ll both have to fight tooth and nail.

In For a Penny is an absolutely delightful romance about two engaging people who find themselves tied together in a marriage of convenience.  Fortunately they are both likable and have good hearts, which of course quickly leads to them dealing with sticky emotions like love and affection.

Nev finds himself in over his head when his dad dies, but he has good intentions and a lot of integrity.  He may not be the most savvy in matters of money but he’s good with people and wants the best for everyone.  Luckily he has Penelope to help him.  Both of them bungle their way thru situations that neither are really prepared for but with the support of each other they manage to figure things out.  Their unorthodox courtship and deepening feelings are the center point of the story and it is fantastic.

There’s some suspense toward the end and a little more politics involved that I usually enjoy in my historical romances but Lerner does a fantastic job of fitting everything into the story so it works.  I hate to say it but I’m not very knowledgeable on history so even though I get the basic idea of what is going on it didn’t resonate as well as it might have.  It is described well though so I could easily keep up and understand the impact. 

A fantastic read for those who like historical romances – not a lot of society trials but a refreshing look at life (and difficulties) in the country for a land owner.  In In For a Penny, love, laughter & trouble highlight a sweet story of a boy, a girl and their path to a HEA.