I'll start by saying this was not one of my favorite books. There was just something about the beginning of the book that annoyed me. I think it was because Phoebe had such a strong negative reaction to Marcus, that I though was a little out of proportion. Needless to say, I continued on and ended up enjoying the book. As the first book from this author, it was pretty good.
Phoebe meets Marcus when they are both young. Marcus has fallen in love with Phoebe as she seems to be the only one that understands him. He is being shipped off because of his wastrel ways, but wants to tell Phoebe of his feelings before he leaves. He has been drinking since his father announced that he was leaving and he drinks even more to get the courage to approach Phoebe. Needless to say, the encounter did not go well. Phoebe ends up punching Marcus in the nose and giving him a tongue lashing.
Many years later, Marcus comes home because his brother is dying. He has kept up with Phoebe's life and knows that she has not married. He wants a second chance to gain her love. Marcus ends up helping Phoebe on two different occasions. Phoebe is falling for her knight errant, not knowing that it is Marcus and he wants it that way. They meet up again at a ball and share a wonderful waltz. When Marcus returns Phoebe to her guardian, she finds out that her knight in shining armor is her hated suitor.
The rest of the story takes us through Marcus's courtship of Phoebe and she takes him on a merry chase.
I fell in love with Phoebe's family! You are also introduced to the men of the upcoming series as they are friends of Marcus. The next story is about Anna and Rutherford. I can't wait to read it!
The Seduction of Phoebe will be out in Sept. 2013. For now, you can pre-order it.
Thanks go out to NetGalley and eKensington Original for a preview copy of this book.