She’s beautiful, rich, and reckless…
When Lady Constance Stonewell accidentally ruins the Earl of Apthorp’s entire future with her gossip column, she does what any honorable young lady must: offer her hand in marriage. Or, at the very least, stage a whirlwind fake engagement to repair his reputation. Never mind that it means spending a month with the dullest man in England. Or the fact that he disapproves of everything she holds dear.
He’s supposedly the most boring politician in the House of Lords...
Julian Haywood, the Earl of Apthorp, is on the cusp of finally proving himself to be the man he’s always wanted to be when his future is destroyed in a single afternoon. When the woman he’s secretly in love with confesses she’s at fault, it isn’t just his life that is shattered: it’s his heart.
They have a month to clear his name and convince society they are madly in love…
But when Constance discovers her faux-intended is decidedly more than meets the eye—not to mention adept at shocking forms of wickedness—she finds herself falling for him.
There’s only one problem: he can’t forgive her for breaking his heart.
Fair readers, a note on content, for those who like to know. (If you prefer to be surprised, skip this part!)
This book contains the following: explicit sex; consensual kink and BDSM; masturbation with creative objects; the outing of a character’s private erotic preferences; sex work; trauma concerning past unwanted sexual advances; and one very annoying dog.
Enjoyed Constance and Julian
Enjoyed the story of Constance and Julian because it was well written, entertaining and kept me wondering what she would fo next to top the last antic. They are two people who have secretly felt deeply for each other without letting the other one know their feelings. Instead they both were very cutting in their remarks to each other. There is s HEA but a lot happens first, including her exposing him to public ridicule, then proposing a fake engagement, her manipulation of people to see things the way she wants and their each acknowledging their true feelings. It is an entertaining story with s lot of “what next” to keep your attention. I would recommend this as s good read and definitely worth your time.
feminism + historical romance
This novel was even better than Scarlett Peckham's first! Her characters are unique, convincingly written, and compelling. I particularly love that Constance is not a totally likable heroine: she is flawed and even unlikable at times. I love that Peckham doesn’t hold her female characters to an impossible standard of behavior and allows them to make (and learn from) their mistakes in the same way that her male characters do. This creates multi-dimensional characters that you really come to care about by the end of the story.
Best book so far
This is definitely my favorite so far. The characters were enchanting and I loved the mischief. It was fabulous and I am definitely a huge fan.