Callie (Calliope) and Ren (Lawrence) Porter, get caught in a compromising position by the heroine's brother, when the carriage of Callie's family falls into the river and they seek refuge in Ren's house. Forced to marry, the hero makes an agreement to give Callie one pearl for every night they spend together if she does as he demands, and she'll be free to go once the pearls are all in her possession. Ren who is heavily scarred all over his body, goes around the house in a hooded cape waiting for his time to die, until Callie comes and brings light in the dark house he lives in. He finds that despite her feisty nature she's quite submissive in the bedchamber (hooray for adding that in a conventional HR!) which suits him very well indeed:) But however responsive his wife is in bed (or the dining room/hall/kitchen), will she still want him once she sees his ugly face? Unfortunately, even as Ren starts feeling his heart thawing at last and Callie begins thinking that this marriage deal is the best she's ever made, someone is trying to hurt Callie and they must find him before they start planning for any future together.
Heroes' likability: 5/5
A fun, easy romance with just enough emotional depth to keep it from being fluffy or superficial. Equally suited to a moody, downcast weekend or a sunny beach, if you can ignore the absurdity of the plot, you're definitely gonna enjoy it.