This is book 2 of the Marriage Game series. We met the main characters in the first book, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe.
Anna Marsh has loved Sebastian Rutherford since she was a little girl. But when he finally asks for her hand in marriage, she turns him down. He has just spent the last several years paying court to Anna's best friend and she doesn't want to play second fiddle.
Sebastian has always known that Anna would some day become his wife and has just been paying court to Anna's best friend as a diversion to other women. He has been bidding his time until Anna was old enough to get married.
Sebastian is ready to settle down but he must convience Anna that she is the girl for him. Since Anna must return home for an undisclosed reason, Sebastian decides that is the perfect time to begin his pursuit of her.
Anna is headed home to work with the smugglers in the area. Her brother passed on the job to her when he left the country. Unfortunately, what should have been a two to three month job has lasted much longer when her brother was killed. Can Rutherford accept this side of her? She is not the girl he thinks she is while in London. Her true self comes out when she is home. Can he love this side of her too?
I really LOVED this story. There is so much more to the story which I didn't include because I didn't want to spoil it for anyone. When we first meet Anna and Sebastian in The Seduction of lady Phoebe, you know that there is an attraction between the two. They were constantly bickering with each other. Their story was one of the best I have read in awhile. I really didn't want to put the book down. I would have rated this book a 5/5 except there was some portions of the writing that seemed a bit off. I can't wait for the next book in the series, The Temptation of Lady Serena, which will be out on January 14, 2014.
Thanks go to NetGalley and Kensington for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.