Mary Quinn is almost at the end of her rope. After two years under her sister and brother-in-law’s protection she may soon have to return to her terrible father’s house if she cannot find a husband. In her desperation, she bumps into Edward, Marquis Woodley. Drawn to each other, they are soon thrown into a scandal that leads to an engagement.
But as the pair grow closer and their wedding looms, Woodley’s past and the horrific circumstances of his first wife’s death may keep them from the happy ending that will save them both.
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This is a quick, easy Regency read that throws historical accuracy out of the window and crams in a scandalous forced engagement and a tragic backstory with a bit of blackmail and lots of emotional turmoil. It’s also the final fling for those Notorious Flynns, a series that had its ups and downs. Personally I found this one okay, but neither Mary nor Edward particularly grabbed my attention and I wasn’t all that interested in how they faired.
My biggest gripes really were over propriety issues. Mary meets a stranger on a dark terrace, alone, and instead of thinking she should probably go back inside lest someone comes out and gets the wrong impression (such as her scheming father), she asks him to introduce himself and the pair of them have a lovely little chat. The next time they meet they walk off alone together and it’s not until after Edward kisses her that they each think about propriety. This is the Regency era, where women could be ruined over the stupidest and most contrived of situations, but neither of them care a bit about those rules. Basically Mary’s manners and behaviour are too modern for the period. Some people won’t care, but for me it undermined the whole tale.
Add in the fact that Edward is surprisingly eager to marry again considering his past, and my interested dropped away. There are a few heated scenes, some silly dithering over notes and blackmail and mean people, plenty of introduction to various members of Edward’s family (for the next series) and a fun resolutions to all the problems. In all it’s an okay read, neatly tying up the last ends of the Flynn series and setting the scene for the next. A quick read, but not one I’ll return to again.
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