Mari is a typical English society miss, young and unconcerned about anything beyond propriety and prospect, but Jamie’s desire to help and protect her makes things interesting. Wesley’s plan to have his unknown son court (and compromise) Mari creates a plausible amount of suspense, especially as Jamie starts to realize what his feelings are, but convincing readers that Mari is deserving of him isn’t as easy. Readers might also feel confused in the first few chapters, until events from the previous book are explained, but once the details are given it’s relatively easy to figure out who’s related to whom, and how they figure in to the current story.

Marissa Barclay wants to attend the Little Season for the ton so she can perhaps choose her future husband and avoid an abusive marriage, like her sister was once forced to endure. She isn’t pleased when Jamie chooses to act as her guardian and accompany her to London. Her feelings about Jamie do not change when she learns that a deranged madman has escaped from Bedlam and may be targeting her family, but she eventually accepts his presence. When a French artist begins to court her and scandal ensues, Mari must decide what sort of man she wants before it’s too late. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Anna Dougherty