The Reluctant SuitorLarge Print - 2003
Sixteen years after her betrothed joined the military to escape their arranged marriage, Adriana rises to one of society's most desirable aristocrats and wonders if Colonel Colton will still resist the wedding. (Romance)
For as long as she can remember, Lady Adriana Sutton has adored Colton Wyndham. As a young girl, she was hurt when he fled to join the army rather than submit to a betrothal contract.
The years have been kind to Lady Adriana. No longer the plain, thin tomboy Colton had spurned, she has blossomed into an uncommon beauty desired by nearly every eligible bachelor in the land. Yet the only man she desires is the decorated hero.
To demonstrate his belief that love cannot be forced, Colton agrees to court Lady Adriana, after which time he will be allowed to keep his precious freedom if he so wishes. But much has changed. The heroic heart that was once closed to Adriana is moved by her charm, her grace, and her sensuality ... and begins to yield. But a secret from Colton's past may doom their burgeoning love ... even as the treacherous schemes of a sinister rival threaten to steal the remarkable lady from his arms forever.
A lush and spellbinding story of passion and betrayal that grandly sweeps the reader into the magnificent ballrooms and intimate boudoirs of Regency England, The Reluctant Suitor is romance as only the incomparable Kathleen Woodiwiss can deliver it -- a love story that will dwell in the reader's heart and memory forever and stand proudly as one of the author's very best.