Sierra McIntyre is a journalist and writes for a tabloid paper in Crystal City. Her stories are true but when placed within the boundaries of the others in the newspaper, they scream outrageous. Sierra is the daughter of industrialists and the higher echelons of society. She also has a skill, inherited from her great-grandmother, that even her family does not know the high level of her ability.
New Guild boss, John Fontana, invites Sierra for an interview as he believes what she has written has much truth and he wants to solve the mystery of disappearances, among other strange occurrences. But as soon as Sierra walks into his office, Fontana asks her to marry him in a Marriage of Convenience so he can protect her from both her investigations and what he is about to stir up. The threats begin on the way to the wedding, and later Sierra and Fontana then find themselves in a fight for their lives. Fontana decides he wants a Covenant Marriage but is unsure as to how he will convince Sierra.
This is a well paced story but at times I felt something was missing or that as a reader I had missed out some subtext. The characters have moved from instant attraction to marriage and the idea of a Marriage of Convenience is helpful to the plot and to the characters being able to get to know each other better before they decide on the next major step. It is also an interesting concept for other worlds.
The way in which Ms Castle has developed her world is interesting and the reader is able to sit and enjoy the experience of this different world. I did like that Fontana has a lot to learn about women even as he gives his wife one day to prepare for a ball, despite being advised against this, and learns to very quickly to cover his tracks in the ways of men.