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.
This book was so-so. Sebastian fell in love 3 years ago with the beautiful Serena only to be brutally rejected. Now, she is back in town, along with her step-father and they can't help but see each other. Serena rejected Sebastian only because her horrid step-father demanded it. Now he is demanding she do other things she just can't stomach and she determines he will no longer rule her life. Sebastian comes up with an intriguing solution to both of their dilemmas....
I so wanted to just fall into this book and love it, but I couldn't. I did love the closeness of the Sullivan brothers, the author did a great job of showing how the siblings supported each other. Serena was stuck in a difficult position but it was a bit hard to feel compassion for her, though I very much wanted to. The character I found most appealing is Abigail. She was young, vibrant and just a touch reckless.
I rate it a 3/5. It was really just too slow to progress for me.
Thank you to Pocket Books for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.