This is a fun, steamy historical fiction set in 1818 London, England. Kieran Ransome is the third son of an earl. He, his brother Finn and their friend Dom are notorious for their drinking, carousing and crazy antics. When the men’s latest antic results in a massive scandal, their fathers issue an ultimatum: each man must find a respectable woman and be married within one year’s time or they will be permanently cut off from their family money and inheritances.
Not wanting to be responsible for Finn and Dom’s destitution, Kieran develops a plan to talk Dom’s sister Celeste. She is one of the most respectable woman in London and he wants her to introduce him to the right women in the best social circles so he can find a respectable wife. Celeste is suffocated by polite society and yearns for adventure. She agrees to introduce Kieran around, if he will show her the scandalous side of London.
As they spend time together, their attraction naturally grows until they can’t ignore their desire for each other. I really liked the MCs. Celeste is strong and fierce and knows her own mind, meanwhile Kieran isn’t half as roguish as he pretends. He is immediately attracted to Celeste’s brashness, and she appreciates his tenderness. I enjoyed the couple’s flirtation and their attraction develops slowly and in a natural way. There are a few steamy scenes in the book, but most of the book is dedicated to the romance between the main MCs.
I really enjoyed this book. It is written well, and is a quick and easy read. This is book one of a trilogy and the next book will focus on Finn and his quest for a bride. I look forward to reading it once it’s released.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Avon and Harper Voyager. All opinions are my own.