A Necessary Husband
By Debra Mullins
(Avon, Mass Market Paperback, 9780380819089, 384pp.)
Publication Date: May 2002
When Garrett Lynch bursts the glittering Raynewood ballroom a Wild mail, a hapless footman clinging to each powerful arm, Lucinda Devering is equally appalled and impressed. How uncivilised! How barbaric! How... stirringly strong and manly! Then she learns he′s the Iong-lost heir of the Duke of Raynewood -- and that it′s her job to transform him into a proper Englishman. And if she fails this impossible task, the duke will reveal her desperate secret, ruining her forever.
Lucinda Devering may be the loveliest woman Garrett′s laid eyes on, but her eternal rules and regulations about proper behaviour are enough to drive a man mad. Which should he believe? That stiff spine, or those soft curls and big brown eyes? One thing is certain: that lush, prissy mouth needs loosening up -- and he knows just the way to do it! But soon he wonders which is more important: winning this game, or winning, Lucinda′s hand?
Debra Mullins is the author of several historical romances for Avon Books. Her work has been nominated for the Golden Heart and RITA® Awards from Romance Writers of America and the Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers. In 2003, she won the Golden Leaf Award from NJ Romance Writers for her book A Necessary Bride. A native of the east coast, she now lives in California.