With her mother gravely ill, Piper Baker’s situation grows desperate in a world unfriendly to women. Time and money dwindle to naught, and marriage is Piper’s lone option. Although potential suitors circle her skirts, none but Barrett Maddox, Duke of Manchester, captures her heart, after he saves her from a band of thieves. It is just her luck that the man Piper wants is the only one she cannot have.
For wealthy, titled bachelor Barrett Maddox, the first rule in life is to avoid marriageable virgins, at all costs, and he has been successful thus far. That is, until he rescues the delectable, auburn-haired Piper Baker. For some unfathomable reason, or in a temporary fit of insanity, he agrees to broker a match for the unfortunate lady, in the target rich New York society. While he easily thwarts inept suitors, can Barrett keep his hands to himself?
Entangled in a web they conspired to create, Piper and Barrett are left to wonder if there is anything more reckless than love.
This was such a sweet and yet somewhat steamy read! And I say steamy because of the fact that considering this is a Victorian Historical Romance, the leading male character was very much against social norms and frankly he didn't seem to care about them or what others thought of him. He waltzed in without waiting to be announced, went into a woman's bedroom alone, kissed her like the world was burning, and basically ran off every suitor he could of the one woman he wanted so badly but had decided that he couldn't have. That is Barrett. And I love his character because of it. He's a duke and he does what he wants. As for the leading female character, she is refined and graceful, but has had enough of society as she tries desperately to find a husband as she pines for Barrett. The two of them have such a great connection in the book, but the push and pull between them about doing what is expected of them and following their hearts keeps it tense throughout the book. Great read!!
5 out of 5 stars!