From the USA Today bestselling author of The Untouchables series comes your next Regency obsession: The Spitfire Society... Meet the smart, independent women who’ve decided they don’t need Society’s rules, their families’ expectations, or, most importantly, a husband. But just because they don’t need a man doesn’t mean they might not want one.
When notorious rake Marcus Raleigh, Marquess of Ripley, meets a beautiful spinster, he wagers her that she’ll kiss him within a fortnight. She is not the type of woman that draws his eye, but for the first time in his life, he’s seduced by something he never knew he wanted—female friendship. Though he’s beguiled beyond reason, Marcus ultimately releases her from their wager only to find himself tangled so deeply in desire that he can’t walk away...
After abandoning her philandering betrothed at the altar, Phoebe Lennox fled from London only to return an heiress who refuses to follow the ton’s rules. She won’t risk a relationship of any kind—until she meets the scandalous Marquess of Ripley. Captivated by his charm and surprised by his compassion, she is tempted to succumb to just one kiss. Until that isn’t enough. But when Marcus’s cousin is found murdered, can the delicate bond between them survive?
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This book is about two very independent people that find out what it means to want to do the best for someone else.
Phoebe Lennox is a social scandal after leaving her unworthy fiancé at the alter. She is fortunate in that her Aunt left her entire fortune to her and she is now able to live independently. She wants to reconcile with her parents, but her father has become very money focussed of late.
She meets Marcus Raleigh, well known rake, helps him out and embarks on a sensual education with him. Marcus is self confident and determined to right the wrongs that his cousin has committed.
They try to keep their families separate from their own ‘friendship’, but the situation spirals out of their control. Marcus feels compelled to sacrifice himself in order to save Phoebe’s family. She sets out to save him in turn.
I particularly like the dialogue between these two characters. They treat each other as equals, both capable of determining their own lives. Marcus doesn’t see Phoebe as a scandal and she doesn’t really see him as a rake.
This can be read as a stand alone story, even though there are references to previous books. An entertaining story with enough connections to keep you guessing.