John Fitzhugh Barrett is surprised to discover that instead of being a bastard, he’s the legitimate heir to the Somerset marquessate. Once word gets out that he must continue the Somerset line, eligible bachelorettes from across the country descend upon Somerfield Park, hoping to snatch John up before it’s too late. But John has no interest in a woman who’s only after his title.
Rebecca Kearsey, the daughter of a threadbare viscount, is the only one who understands. However, as her desire for John begins to build, she becomes painfully aware that she isn’t considered grand enough by Polite Society to be a future marchioness. Intrigued by the idea of challenging society’s rigid values, John’s interest in Rebecca grows. But can she show him that love is more than just childish rebellion?
I actually forgot I’d read the first book in this series when I started this one. I can’t recall exactly how connected they are, but as I read I remembered a thing or two about book one.
I really enjoyed the opening scenes of Never Resist a Rake. The kidnapped society miss put up for a prize in a low-brow boxing competition. The hero who has to win to rescue her. The escape in the night. I like some action in my historical romances.
I also like the theme of the hero who unexpectedly ended up with a title. It’s a really common trope at the moment, but one I enjoy nonetheless.
However, I remembered the first book largely because the author does something similar with this one: she rushes the physical relationship. If I recall correctly, in both books hero and heroine are alone and kissing each other within hours of meeting. Both times I remember thinking: what’s the rush?!
Despite what publishers frustratingly claim readers want: I don’t need this to be engrossed in a book. I DO want a slower build-up!
There was also not much attention paid to social rules of the era. What kind of people would have left an unmarried young woman in a bedroom with a man?!
I do like some of the ideas of this book – and this series – but this is a little too historical romance-lite for me.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.