The woman who will one day wear Richard Lynsted's ring will be genteel, dainty, and well-bred.
This eliminates Grace MacEachin on all three counts. A hellion of the first order, the alluring, infuriating woman would be nothing more than a passing temptation to an upstanding gentleman like Richard—if it weren't for the fact that she's trying to blackmail his father!
Or, as Grace sees it, trying to get justice—and maybe just the slightest hint of revenge on the family that tore her life asunder when she was just a girl. And as for Lynsted, well, the stuffy, humorless man wouldn't suffer for time spent in company more exciting than that of his company ledgers. Only when Richard gets Grace alone, she discovers he may know a thing or two about excitement after all . . .
Grace wows audiences with her beautiful voice and voluptuous figure. When she’s not on stage, she’s fighting off ardent suitors who want to make her their own personal songbird. The real reason she is in London is to blackmail the devious Lynsted twins who let her father take the blame for their misdeeds. She has a wee bit of dirty laundry they might not like public. Her only goal is justice.
Richard Lynsted is a giant of a man. Beneath his mammoth proportions beats the heart of a romantic. Make that a romantic puritan. He keeps to himself while enriching his family with his financial acumen. Then one day, he overhears his father and uncle talking about being blackmailed by a Grace MacEachin. It is his duty to prove himself to his father by confronting the evil blackmailer.
Grace and Richard are thrown together as she convinces him to meet her father to prove how he’s been wronged by Richard’s family. Richard agrees to go, unaware that his uncle and father have sent servants to accompany them whose sole purpose is to kill Grace.
Grace and Richard’s attraction is a delight. Richard naïve assumption that honesty wins in the end gets him in all sorts of situations. When Grace finally returns to Scotland to vindicate her father, she encounters a surprise. I never saw this coming. Great job, Ms. Maxwell.
The Marriage Ring is another romantic treat. It is best if you have time to read it in one setting. Romance and historical romance fans should both enjoy it.