Notorious rake Marcus Raleigh, Marquess of Ripley, is gracing the gossip pages for a new reason: the rumors he may have murdered his swindling cousin. His quest for answers regarding his cousin’s death leads him to an incomparable self-declared spinster, and he is—for the first time—beguiled beyond reason. Neither is what the other wants, and yet their intense mutual infatuation is inescapable.
After abandoning her philandering betrothed at the altar, Phoebe Lennox fled from London only to return an heiress who refuses to follow the ton’s rules. She won’t risk a relationship of any kind—until she meets the notorious Marquess of Ripley. Swept into his seductive embrace, her resolve falters in the face of a pleasure she never anticipated. But when the truth about Marcus and the murder come to light, Phoebe could lose everything she holds dear, including a love for all time.
I loved Phoebe and Marcus! Whether as individuals or together, they are just wonderful on the page. Their banter was delightful, and watching two people who are determined not to start a relationship do exactly that was a whole lot of fun. I enjoyed the extra layer that the who killed Marcus’s cousin, and why is he taking the blame for it? mystery brought to the story–though it has to be noted that that event isn’t what brought the two of them together as the synopsis suggests; they were already “friends” (their label, not mine) before that.
The next story is heavily hinted at (Jane and Anthony; woot!) and the hero and heroine of book one (Graham and Arabella of Never Have I Ever With a Duke ) play a part here, but this one could definitely work as a standalone if needed. Part of Marcus’s motivation is related to events from the first book, but the pertinent details are given here so readers won’t be lost.
But honestly, read both books. You won’t be sorry, and it will give you something to do while waiting for book three 😉
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.