Daphne Swift has not laid eyes on her devilishly charming husband, Captain Rafferty Cavendish, in quite some time. As a matter of fact, she wants the rogue to annul their brief marriage so that she can marry the reliable and estimable Lord Fitzwell. But the breathtakingly handsome Rafe is not interested in letting Daphne go-at least not without paying his scandalous price...
THE SEDUCTION OF HIS WIFE
Rafe prefers to face the dangers of spying alone, but this time he needs his innocent, fiery wife to uncover the information he seeks. He has even agreed to release her from their marriage if she submits completely to his plan. However, Daphne's alluring combination of courage and curves makes her a dangerous distraction, and it is not long before Rafe is trading subterfuge for seduction in order to prove that Daphne is meant to be his and his alone...
This book is the fourth in the series by Valerie Bowman The Playful Brides. It has a similarity to the Philadelphia Story that most people will recognize. This historical romance is a romantic thriller spy story with lots of twists and turns that keep you on your toes trying to figure out what will happen next.
Lady Daphne wanted to do more to help the Crown with war efforts so she teamed up with her brother Donald and Captain Rafe, a commoner, to spy. That evolved in marrying Rafe to keep them undercover, but when she discovered the marriage was to be a business deal only she was not happy and wanted out. But after her brother Donald was killed, she had to stay with Rafe in order to find out who killed Donald.
Part of this story is on Captain Rafes boat; could closer contact bring them close together, Rafe sure hopes so. One of the fun characters is Daphnes 12 year old cousin Delilah, who is a little pest but oh so funny and such a stinker. The characters are well developed and very intriguing which makes this a great read.