4 of 5 stars
This is the second book in "The Rakes of St James" in which Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn, is the hero. Hawk is desperately trying to save his sister Adele's debut into Society by having her betrothed to Paxton Quick before the Season starts. He's still trying to live down a prank by him and his 2 friends when they were younger and he's afraid that Adele may be a target for mischief because of the prank. On a visit to discuss this marriage proposition with Paxton, Hawk meets his beautiful sister, Loretta, and he's drawn to her.
The premise of arranged marriages in this book is probably something that happened quite frequently to young women. Adele, however, is perfectly fine with Hawk finding her a husband. Loretta finds the notion appalling as she had refused to marry the man her uncle had picked out for her. I loved the interactions between Loretta and Hawk, she was quite outspoken for a young woman, but Hawk finds her candor refreshing. The backstory for both these two is teased out and kept the story moving along. I wasn't very fond of Adele who seemed like a spoiled young woman who thought everyone should cater to her every whim. With the introduction of a street urchin, Farley, it kept the story interesting. Ms. Grey is a talented author and I look forward to reading the next story in this series. While this story moves along slower than some other romances, I applaud Ms. Grey for tackling some harsh realities in the Regency world.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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