I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn, who, along with his friends, wrote to 12 debutantes requesting a secret meeting and signing it from a secret admirer. Each lady turned up causing their marriage prospects to diminish. Now the Duke has a sister of his own about to debut and does not wish for her to suffer for his actions. He decides to arrange his sister marriage before the start of the season. He does not bargain on his choice of groom having a sister who is vehemently against arranged marriages.
Miss Loretta Quick has been banished to the country for refusing to marry the man of her uncle’s choosing. She has determined that her brother should marry a lady of his own choosing and will not allow a haughty duke to dictate to her even if he does inspire attraction.
This is a story of instant-lust. The two main characters are instantly drawn to each other upon meeting. The romance itself is interesting the banter between the two main characters was fun but I couldn’t connect to the characters. Loretta’s vow to remain single was ridiculous in my opinion and it was overcome way too easily.
As for the introduction of Farley, this should have been excluded altogether as your hopes are raised that this twelve-year-old street urchin will have a happy ever after but it becomes a side note. while Hawk’s treatment of Farley may have been typical of that era it’d not what I enjoy in a romance.