Blinded by Grace (Cotillion Ball #5)


Grace Wagner must marry before she turns twenty-one in order to receive the inheritance left to her by her late father. Her stepfather will do anything to make sure she doesn’t find a husband, thereby making the money his. 


Halwyn Fitzpatrick, a man Grace has been in love with since she was thirteen, has a problem all his own – his mother’s determination to find him a wife. Grace proposes a business arrangement to him that will solve both of their problems – a temporary marriage of convenience. What starts as a simple solution soon becomes complicated, and Grace and Halwyn find themselves contending with more than they bargained for. 


This sensuous romantic story is an entertaining tale of a smart, determined heiress who is looking for a husband, and a serious, responsible banker who is only looking for an assistant. The historical era and its aspects are described vividly, but the reader might find it odd that in a time when virginal women were taught nothing about sex, Grace was knowledgeable in alternative ways of copulation. The story line of a damsel in distress and a marriage of convenience is an often-told tale, but this novel goes beyond the norm with its elements of love, hope, sensuality, family, and a hint of maliciousness. 

Although the fifth book in a series, this can be read as a stand-alone novel. A delightful read captures the reader’s attention from beginning to end, and a treasure that will grace any historical romance bookshelf. 


Janna Shay