Fighting against circumstances can usher in the greatest freedom.
Peter Sammerson, Viscount Bingham, is a man tortured by his past. No matter that he wishes the beau monde would forget what he's done, he can't, and for that there's no peace, and definitely no future. During a walk to a friend's townhouse, he has a heated exchange in the rain with an interesting woman who might change his mind about wanting to avoid the ton altogether.
Miss Katherine Davies is in London to attend her sister's wedding. Confined to a Bath chair due to an accident that left her lower half paralyzed, she still has her independence. A chance encounter with one of London's most scandalous rakes leaves her incensed, but the secrets in his eyes intrigues her and makes her wonder. Yet England's upper crust demands nothing less than perfection, and she is most certainly not.
Despite the chaos from their initial meeting, Peter recognizes a kindred spirit, but he's terrified that when she hears of his terrible past, she'll hate him. While Kate begins to learn about the broken man, her emotions are engaged, yet does he view her as a whole woman? Acceptance, heat, and friendship springs between them, and if fate is kind, two rejects from society might find something more valuable than either of them had ever hoped for.
Not really redeemed
Peter was the absolute desolute rake who hosted orgies. He had a come to Jesus moment eight months ago after he was shot. He really needed to atone a whole lot more and take a whole lot longer to redeem himself. I never felt like he actually redeemed himself. Feeling bad at the very beginning wasn’t enough. Also, he probably had syphillis.
I did like Katherine, an American in a wheelchair. She was irate at him and rightly so.
Kate is broken by an injury to her spinal cord and society’s view that she is imperfect now, no longer suitable for marriage. Peter is broken with guilt over the dark choices he made for a man that controlled his fortune and his sister that ruined him and society’s view of him. I loved that he found a way to dance with her in her wheel chair. I thought she was much too harsh when they first met and he helped maneuver her chair in the rain and then carried her inside. Their romance progressed quickly over the course of a few days.