Julia St. Claire is twenty-two and has turned down many a suitor. She doesn’t want to love someone and always discourages the matches when the men seem to be besotted with her. She prefers a loveless marriage.
Benedict Revelstoke is the second son of an earl. He has been Julia’s lifelong friend and has loved her from afar.
Sophia St. Claire has pined for a man who has never showed her interest for five years. In her struggles to get this man’s notice, she has also turned down many marriage offers.
Rufus Highgate is an earl with a wicked scar and a scandalous past. It was said that he was responsible for his late wife’s accident. He hates the Ton and does his best to avoid it.
Julia and Sophia’s parents want to see their daughters settled. They will do whatever they have to, no matter what, to ensure this. Even to the point of not taking their daughters wishes into account. Julia is basically sold to a man to cover her father’s debts. What makes this worse, is that the man she’s sold to is the man Sophia wants.
Julia gets the man she never knew she wanted.
Benedict gets everything he has ever wanted.
Sophia gets a man she never expected.
Rufus gets a woman he never thought he deserved a chance with.
This novel was entertaining. I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel with two heroes and two heroines. It was a nice change from the norm. All characters got what they deserved and it just happened to be what they wanted too. It didn’t get hot though until about 70% into the book and I didn’t like that at all.