Series: Scandalous Gentlemen of St James #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon on 25 February 2014
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Lady Grace Mabury’s problem is not finding a suitor but choosing one that is genuinely in love with her rather than her large inheritance. She turns to society’s number one rake, the Duke of Lovington, for assistance.
Lovington fell apart when his wife and daughter died and turned to drinking, gambling and womanising to dull the pain. He finds Grace attractive but can’t help comparing her to his dead wife, Juliette. It is pretty hard for a flesh and blood woman to compete with a ‘perfect’ dead one, especially since Lovington views all his wife’s actions through rose-coloured glasses. Despite this, Grace starts to win him over with her sweetness, pragmatism and intelligence.
Read it for…
The friendship based romance that starts to develop into something more. It was nicely executed apart from the villain, who introduced a level of cheesiness not really necessary. Some of the more enjoyable scenes were when Lovington ‘tutors’ Grace in how to tell when men really want her or not. Secondary characters such as Grace’s parents rounded out the book well and helped overshadow the fact that no one had an issue with a virtuous woman hanging out with a rake.