Marion Watt is set to embark on her first London Season, and her parents have spared no expense to help her secure a suitable husband. Unlike most of the social-climbing young women in her position, Marion has no desire to marry hastily or for anything less than love. But when she learns of her mother’s declining health, she knows she must keep an open mind and allow herself to be courted. What she does not anticipate, however, is that the attentions of the insufferable Lord William Everton will be placed squarely on her. He might be the most sought-after bachelor of the Season, but she sees in him nothing but a frivolous cad.
Until William inherits his father’s title and seat in parliament, he must rely on his own devices to change the world. Dressing like a ridiculous dandy serves its purposes, but he is certain his newest disguise will help him find a wife to please his parents and further his own agenda. From among the glittering group of debutantes, William finds only one woman who passes his test. Unfortunately, the perfect choice is the only woman in all of London who despises him.
This was such a sweet book! An enemies to lovers trope is always fun! Lord Everton, William, is ready to be done with the ton and it’s silly facades. He’s just returned from the West Coast of Africa helping free slaves so he sees London as frivolous and their ‘too quick to judge’ mindset too much. He wants to escape to his country estate when his mother suggests marriage. He puts her off but then believes it’ll solve his problems! No simpering females, no scheming mothers and he can be in the country and never come back to the ton! He makes a list with his mother and creates a test that the women don’t know of.
Marion knows of William and his reputation to be quite a rude dandy. She’s friends with his sister and seems to be the only female who doesn’t want his attentions. But she learns her mother’s health is failing and this will be her last season. Can she please her mother and marry before it’s too late?
I loved William and Marion together. It was hard for them to communicate in the different situations they found themselves in. I loved how they had little inside jokes! Can’t wait to read more from this author!
Since first reading this book I’ve read it 3 times in the past year. Its a great escape and has a little of everything!