New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather again delights with her new book in this entrancing Georgian trilogy featuring three noble brothers who are offered a preposterous opportunity to restore their family’s mortgaged lands. An eccentric uncle promises a lavish inheritance, but only if each marries—thus redeeming—a fallen woman. And if even one brother fails to fulfill the old man’s decree, none will gain the windfall.
Lady Serena Grantley was born to the nobility, but fortune’s whim placed her in control of her gamester stepfather, who uses her beauty to lure young men to his gambling tables. Serena even dismissed her first love, the Honorable Sebastian Sullivan, at her stepfather’s command. But when he attempts to force her into a liaison with a dissolute earl, Serena resolves to do his bidding no more. Sebastian is the only man who ever captured her heart, and it is to him she turns. . . .
Torn between family loyalty and the woman he loves, Sebastian faces a devilish dilemma. His uncle is ailing, and time is running short. Desperate to find a solution, Sebastian conceives a dangerous plan—a wager that could bring him and Serena happiness at last . . . or separate them forever.
Even though this book is the second in the series, it certainly has enough meat on its bones to be able to stand on its own two feet.
The characters were wonderfully crafted. I absolutely loved the story. I could not put this book down.
I felt so bad for Serena and some of the things that her stepfather would put her through. General Heywood was the type of character that you really love to hate. He was sneaky and conniving. He didn’t care what would happen to Serena as long as he got what he wanted.
Now add Sebastian to the mix and you have an interesting story. Serena falls head over heals for Sebastian, but the General refuses to let her see him. But Sebastian has a plan. Will it work?
I can’t wait to get my hands on the first book to see what happened with the first brother. Hopefully that will hold me over until the third book comes out.
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