3.5 of 5 stars
Marcus Raleigh, Marquess of Ripley, is a known rake and he does nothing to dissuade anyone of that opinion. When Phoebe Lennox cleans his wound after a fight in the park with his cousin, he wants to spend more time in her company, but he doesn't go around debauching innocents. Phoebe is an independently wealthy spinster who has carved out an enjoyable life for herself, although once she meets Marcus, her life seems lonely. Can these two be friends or are they destined for more?
I'm a fan of Ms. Burke's and love her books. The beginning of this book starts off well. I liked the witty banter between Marcus and Phoebe although after one picnic outing together, Phoebe wants more. I thought Phoebe's character was a little shallow. She supposedly has all this wealth, but nothing is mentioned about her contributing to any charity besides a bet with Marcus early on in the story. She spends her wealth on card parties and expensive paintings. I would have liked her character to be more well rounded and not so much time spent on the sex scenes. I skipped most of those paragraphs to see where the murder mystery subplot was going. I thought that was more interesting. In any event, Marcus and Phoebe do get their HEA. I'm looking forward to reading her friend's Jane's story.
I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.