This second installment of the Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels Regency series is a middling follow-up to the satisfying first entry, The Duke in My Bed. Harrison Thornwick, who’s just become an earl after the sudden deaths of his father and brothers, is in an uncomfortable position. The Prince Regent has threatened to throw Harrison into jail for dueling if he refuses to marry Miss Angelina Rule. He is incensed by the prince’s demand but softens when he meets the beautiful, strong-willed, and witty Angelina, who is also told she must marry Harrison or her father will go to debtor’s prison. Unfortunately for Harrison, she admits that her heart belongs to another. Their first encounter and much of what follows feel forced and hurried. After only minutes of dialogue, Angelina declares that Harrison is “a wretched soul.” But Harrison decides to fight for her, and soon Angelina is torn between Harrison, who arouses her passion, and the man to whom she believes her heart belongs. All the melodrama detracts from the engaging possibilities of young love. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/01/2015 Release date: 08/04/2015 Genre: Fiction
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