Phillip Crawford, the eighth Earl of Rawlings and notorious rake of the ton, has come to the end of his rope. Out of money, out of favor, and out of luck, he wanders the streets of London in the rain, hoping to be hit by inspiration...or a runaway carriage. Something has to give. It is his father's final cruel trick to hold his inheritance just out of reach, requiring him to marry by his next birthday in order to claim his full rights as earl. His step-mother refuses to offer him any more support. With no money, no prospects and no other place to turn, he has only two options:
Marriage or debtor's prison.
The better choice seems clear enough, but with his name and reputation being attacked daily in the society papers, there's not a proper lady in all of London desperate enough to accept him. It isn't going to be easy, even if the reports of his exploits and rakish lifestyle are greatly exaggerated.
On the other hand, debtor's prison does start to look much more appealing when the only friends he has left decide to help him in his search for the perfect bride. Matters become much more complicated when the only woman who shows an interest in him just happens to be the young sister-in-law of the Duke of Tempest; the same man who, just months ago, had been tempted to kill him.
One thing is for certain, as the Season draws to an end, Lord Rawlings will have to decide once and for all, if his wicked ways are enough to bring him contentment in life, or if a leopard really can change his spots. Or in Phillip's case—can a devil truly be redeemed?
This is book three in the House of Renwick Series. I think it also stands alone nicely. I simply can not get enough of Ms. Van Dyken's stories. The characters come to life and they simply charm me. Though at times I wanted to ring Phillip's neck and times I wanted to kill Abby. Wow those two are really stubborn. The chemistry flew off the pages, combined that with the banter, this story had me laughing and smiling so big my kids where asking what are you reading about. I enjoyed that this story is a bit different and it is not love at first sight. Phillip and Abby have some history!
I liked how Abby pushed the limits and learned some lessons. Though I would have loved to see what Phillip did about Abby calling him a street urchin! I enjoyed how each chapter had a quote from Mrs. Peabody's Society Pages. This is a sensual romance that left me with a smile on my face. I look forward to reading many more of Ms. Van Dyken's books as each one seems to get better than the last! A delicious read I highly recommend!
Source~ Publisher for review and My Friend gave me a copy!
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