Living as a notorious rake, the Viscount Lord Sebastian St. Vincent thought he was as happy as he could be. He knew he needed a wealthy bride to help keep him in the way of life he had become accustomed to. Taking Lillian Bowman against her will and trying to force the American heiress to marry him had not been one of his best moves. It had cost him his best friend and his position was no better. When Lillian’s shy ‘wallflower’ friend Evangeline Jenner, showed up on his doorstep in the middle of the night with a similar opportunity for him, he was very skeptical. Evie had to get away from her mothers family, they had been abusive most of her life, but she drew the line at them stopping her from seeing her dying father. Evie wanted to trade her soon to be wealth for a marriage of convenience. She was willing for the infamous rake to continue his life style of women and drinking, in fact she insisted on it. Tenderhearted Evie knew she would be risking her heart if she allowed him to get to close. Accepting each others conditions, they start off on a journey that leaves them both more aware of the other than they ever thought they would become.
This is part of a series and this particular book continues the previous (It Happened One Autumn) by seconds. I recommend that you read ‘It Happened One Autumn first‘. To see the change start so simple and become so drastic in Sebastian was amazing, the living cliché about reformed rakes. I was not so sure it could be done as smoothly as it was. After seeing his arrogance in the previous book, then to see him as this book continued, was very nicely done. Poor Evie never stood a chance with this kind of seduction on his mind. The quick wit of both characters was great and the reunion of the ‘Wallflowers’ was also nice. I enjoyed the addition of Cam Rohan and the reminder that there is still one wallflower left. Next up is Daisy Bowman and this book doesn’t seem to give any hints (unlike the previous books) as to that match. As much as I liked the two previous books, I think this one just jumped ahead as my favorite so far.
Nov 7, 2008