Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal—but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he’s not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…
Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desires. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?
As always the first thing I have to do is thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this review.
Oh how sweet it is to finally have the last of the Rakes of St. James find love. Not only does he find love, but he finds it with the last person he would have ever thought possible to find it with. The same person who he was supposed to help find a husband. His ward. I loved how Marlena was a strong woman. Having had to spend most of her life after her parents died with different people taking care of her she grows up to being strong and taking care of not only herself but her friends as well. The other thing I loved about this book is that we finally find out who Ms Horna Truth is and her motivation behind what she writes. This to me has been the best of the Rakes of St. James books.