This is the fourth book in the Rescued from Ruin Series and they are just getting better. I absolutely love Elisa's writing.
Benedict Chatham has hit bottom so hard all of Society thinks he will not make it to winter. He is renting a room in a gambling hell, selling his body to bored woman of any class, drinking until he cannot stand up and has lost so much weight he looks like half dead already. His physical condition is deteriorating so rapidly he cannot stand or walk without his walking stick. He has no friends or anyone else to miss him if he dies. His father has left an estate so badly in debt that even though he has sold everything that is not entailed, it would not make a dent in the debt.
Miss Charlotte Lancaster is a young lady who has five seasons and not one proposal of marriage. It doesn't help that she taller than most men, has bright red hair and is covered with freckles. Her father is a wealthy American who sent Charlotte to England to live with her aunt and uncle when she was just 5 years old. Now she grown and just cannot go through another season. She has a plan to run away to America and have her own life. She is slowly amassing money from selling anything that has been bought by her allowance that is strictly administrated by her father's minion. She is determined to make her own life and not marry an English Title which is her father's plan.
When Charlotte is summoned to her father's rented town house she is excited thinking that he has finally given up on her marrying a peer and will let her live her own life. But not only is she wrong but he has found a title for his daughter. Charlotte is horrified by her father's order to marry the worst nobleman in England.
Benedict agrees to the terms of the marriage and doesn't care how Charlotte feels. The amount of money he is offered is staggering but their is a catch.
This is the fourth book I have read of Elisa's and I am hooked for life. Her writing is intelligent, Charlotte and Chatham are complex, earthy characters with flaws that make them complelling. This story makes you cry and laugh. I could not put it down. Her style of writing reminds me of great authors that I have read for years and now she is one of my go to authors. I am now a dedicated fan of Elisa Braden for life!!!