Miss Maryann Fitzwilliam is too witty and bookish for her own good. No gentleman of the ton will marry her, so her parents arrange for her to wed a man old enough to be her father. But Maryann is ready to use those wits to turn herself into a sinful wallflower.
When the scandal sheet reports a sighting of Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, climbing out the chamber windows of a house party, Maryann does the unthinkable. She anonymously claims that the bedchamber belonged to none other than Miss Fitzwilliam, tarnishing her own reputation—and chances of the dastardly union her family secured for her. Now she just needs to convince the marquess to keep his silence.
Turns out Nicolas allows for the scandal to perpetuate for his own reasons… But when Maryann’s parents hold fast to their arranged marriage plan, it’ll take a scandal of epic proportions for these two to get out of this together.
Very different from the previous book in tone and style I thought. Much darker while less serious? Felt really long – there was a lot of interiority that drew out the action maybe?
I liked the heroine’s spirited, daring nature although she comes off very childish in the opening scene IMO.
The scenes in her bedroom are the best. The revenge plot was somewhat grandiose with five people involved. The bad guy is underplayed throughout for a surprise at the end which I don’t think is the best call. Saw the twist coming.
The ending bothered me in implying there were no consequences to the hero’s actions, however justified they may have been. A lot of buildup about “I’m making so many enemies” without real payoff… I guess everyone is just really scared of him after the climax?
Liked it well enough I’ll read the next book.