Lady Gabrielle has been in love with Anthony Keaton, the Earl of Ellis practically her whole life. She believes that they will finally have a chance to get together, but Anthony hasn't made it back to town when he said he would. With her family pressuring her to wed, Gabrielle looks else where.
Anthony is so excited to be back in town and ready to get is betrothal to Gabrielle settled. Unfortunately, as soon as he arrives in town he hears that Baron Sebastian Thorne is courting her. Having competed against Thorne for most of his life, Anthony thinks that his pursuit of Gabrielle is just a game to him. It's not a game to Thorne. He needs that reputation boost that marriage to Gabrielle will give him to get his sister accepted in society.
Both men are are determined to win Gabrielle's hand in marriage. Will Gabrielle choose the man she has loved for most of her life or the man that won't break her heart over and over again?
I felt so bad for Anthony when he found out that Gabrielle had not waited for him and that his rival was competing for her hand. When you learn the back story to how how Anthony and Gabrielle's relationship has progresses, you understand why Gabrielle felt that she needed to go on with her life and accept the attentions of another man.
I liked the added aspect of the rivalry between Anthony and Thorne. The wagers that were placed and the bantering between the two added humor to the story. I can't wait to read Thorne's story to learn his background and what made him into the man that he became.
The twists and turns of the story kept me riveted to see what would come next. This is the first book that I have read by Samantha Grace and it definitely won't be my last. I have put all of the Beau Monde Bachelor stories on my TBR pile. I'm so glad to have found a new author to read!