The League of Second Sons
A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost . . .
After the scandalous demise of her marriage, Lady Olivia Carlow knows the rakes of the ton will think her fair game. So when a letter arrives bearing an indecent offer from the incorrigible Roland Devere, she seizes the opportunity. Turning the tables on the notorious rogue, she blackmails him into playing her betrothed for the season. But no matter how broad his shoulders or chiseled his features, she will never fall prey to his suave charm.
When Roland boasted he’d be the first into Lady Olivia’s bed, he couldn’t have imagined that behind those brilliant blue eyes lurked a vixen with a scheme of her own. Still, Roland is not about to abandon his original wager. If anything, learning that the lovely Olivia is as bold as she is beautiful makes him more determined to seduce her into never saying “never” again.
ISOBEL CARR is single, child-free, and a committed “dog person” (the bigger the dog the better). She has taught creative writing, horseback riding, and seminars on historical costuming. She can start a fire without matches and hitch a team of horses to a wagon. She can also spend nine hours in a Victorian corset without a problem but can’t wear heels for more than four hours. She laughed all the way through every episode of Colonial House, and if she could only watch one movie for the rest of her life, it would be Impromptu.
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Olivia has returned home in shame since her marriage was nothing more than a scam, and her husband a bigamist. Her father, a member of Parliament, knows she can recover and encourages her to get back in the social life in London. She reluctantly agrees and knows she will have to play this just right or she will be forever an outcast. Carlow, her cousin, sets her up for failure by betting his friends that none of them can be the first to bed her. Roland Devere, drunk, accepts the bet, and sends her a note with an indecent proposal. Once he recovers from his hangover, he realizes that he has made a mistake and tries to make amends, but she is going to gamble that she can use him to get back into society with his “proposal”. With her father’s blessing, she starts to make the social rounds with him as her fiancee.
There is a lot of action as the two weave through society and romance blossoms between his sister, Margo, and Olivia’s father, Arlington as well as this perfectly match pair. The story is full of intrigue that involves both families and the relationships flare white hot! The best thing about this series is that you don’t need to read them in any order since it involves new, but related characters that are all unique individuals. I really enjoy Carr’s writing style since it captures the time period while remaining contemporary and with lots of humor intertwined. Now, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.