Emperors of London, #1
If Connie loses her standing in society, she risks losing everything. . .except Alex.
When country widow Constance Rattigan finds herself in a notorious London brothel instead of at the altar, only one person can save her from the auction block. Alex Vernon walked away from Connie once before, when he discovered her engagement. Now that her fiancé has betrayed her, Lord Ripley doesn't intend to leave her again. But Connie has other ideas. . . She won't marry him until her name is cleared.
Alex decides to make Connie's wishes come true, but it's not that easy, even with the help of his powerful relatives known as the Emperors of London.
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This story doesn't feel "finished". There was no epilogue (though it's always been my firm belief that a truly good, well-written story shouldn't *need* one), nor was there any mention of a sequel.
We're never given much of the backstory explaining why Alex's family is feuding with the Dankworths. And we're told very clearly at the end through Alex's thoughts that he believes there'll be trouble with the Dankworths in the future. But then the book just ends. We don't know if trouble erupts between the two families; we also don't know if Alex & Connie are ever successful in providing offspring.
And we don't know if we ever WILL get to know any of that, because Ms. Connelly gives us no indication that the story will continue. At least if there was an announcement of a sequel, we would know that this book's ending is not the result of her not knowing how to end a story properly -- which is how it currently seems.
In addition to all that, this book could stand some serious proofreading & editing, for two main reasons. One, Connelly's comma use, both the lack of commas where they should be and using commas where unnecessary. Two, there are several glaring & pervasive continuity-type errors throughout.