Gerard de Lacey is one of the three brothers known through the Ton as facing the Durham Dilemma. Blame It On Bath by Caroline Lindon, Gerard is the youngest of the Durham brothers who found out at his father’s passing that his father, the Duke of Durham was not divorced from his first wife when he married his second, the sons’ mother. With the whereabouts of his first wife unknown, now it is unknown if the sons are illegitimate and are entitled to the estate of their father. While Edward pursues the legal side of their claim (as told in the first book in the series One Night in London), Gerard decides to head to Bath, the last known location of the blackmailer, to track them down and discover if they have any evidence of their legitimacy. On the way to Bath, Gerard is offered a marriage of convenience by the fabulously wealthy Katherine Howe.
Katherine Howe is in a tight spot, her first marriage was unpleasant and now she is being pressured into marrying her husband’s nephew. Realizing that she is plain and older Kate sees marriage to Gerard as the only way out of another disastrous marriage, at least with Gerard she knows life will be more entertaining.
Blame It On Bath is a fun historical read. Gerard has always followed the expected bath of a younger son, a Major in the military he sees marriage to a heiress as the next logical step but with the dilemma on his hands his prospects are few. It’s been awhile since I have read a historical romance novel, Blame It On Bath was a nice return to the world of Bath and the Ton.
You can read an excerpt here.
The Truth About the Duke
I Love the Earl (not part of the trilogy but about their great aunt)
Third Title to be released soon
Title: Blame It On Bath
Author: Caroline Linden
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 384
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Available for purchase: Amazon