Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage by Valerie Bowman
This Regency romance starts like none other I’ve ever read. The heroine, Lady Katherine, is imprisoned in the Tower of London standing accused of brutally murdering her husband the Duke. She swears she is innocent, yet is willing to go to her fate quietly. She had a miserable marriage and didn’t like being a Duchess at all. She misses life growing up on a nice farm in the countryside. James Bancroft, Viscount Medford, visits Kate and makes a deal with her. He will get her out of the Tower (because she can be released into the supervision of a nobleman) if she promises to write the story of her marriage, and her side of the crime story, for a pamphlet he can print on his secret printing press.
I absolutely loved the premise, and the first half of the book really broke the mold of historical romances, then it went right back on track. There were misunderstandings, lack of communication, and, of course, a happily ever after. Sort of steamy, and quite enjoyable, for romance fans!