I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is the final instalment of the Wayward Wallflowers series. It can be read as a stand-alone. This book focuses on the youngest Lacey sister, Juliette. Juliette spends her time looking after her eccentric uncle now that her two sisters are married. Her uncle hopes Juliette will marry but Juliette is ashamed that she was duped by a handsome Marquess into a scandalous kiss.
Samuel Travis is an unrepentant rake. Recently returned from the continent Sam is back to his old escapades. After one eventful night, his brother has had enough. Sam is given one task to get back into his brother’s good graces. Evict an elderly man their late father allowed to live in one of his properties.
Juliette is shocked when Sam turns up on her doorstep demanding she and her uncle leave. Devising a plan to stay, Sam poses as her uncle’s research assistant while Juliette tries to find a way to stay. Complicating matters, Juliette’s Marquess is Sam’s older brother and while he presents himself to society as an honourable gentleman, he has quite a nefarious scheme at play.
I didn’t enjoy this book. Juliette to me was naive and easily led. Everything could have been averted if she just wrote to her two powerful brothers in law. While I did like the character of Sam I felt his progress from rake to reliable was too quick and easy. The Marquess was horrible and he is never held accountable for his misdeeds. The entire plot just seemed implausible and contrived. Uncle Alistair is by far my favourite character, he added quite a lot of humour and heart to a story which otherwise would have been quite dull.