In the 1830s, Dante Duclairc is about to flee England to escape his creditors when he collides with a childhood friend, Fleur Monley, who is fleeing her guardian. Capture will inevitably result in her being locked up in Bedlam; evidence of her insanity is the fact that she has been giving a large portion of her immense fortune to charity. Naturally, any self-respecting guardian would be opposed to this folly, but her stepfather has an ulterior motive that has nothing to do with the preservation of her fortune. Fleur hits upon a solution to both their problems. If she and Dante marry, she would be relieved of her stepfather’s guardianship and Dante’s debts would be paid. Unfortunately, due to a childhood trauma, Fleur cannot participate in a traditional intimate marriage. Dante accepts her proposal of a “white” marriage, against his better judgment. He falls in love with her, and finds himself confronting real danger to protect her from her enemies.
This is the fourth book in Madeline Hunter’s new series beginning with The Seducer. The Sinner is another romantic intrigue with interesting, multi-dimensional characters that are this author’s specialty.