Radley Lyncott has been in love with Wendy Drew since before he went to sea. Unfortunately, Wendy was too young to court before he left. Now that he is about to become a captain of his own ship, he plans to woo Wendy and make her his.
Wendy Drew has made something of herself during the time that Radley has been away. She got training on how to act like a lady and and co-owns a bridal shop. Unfortunately, her brother has gotten himself into a pile of debt which can't be covered with the money she makes from the shop. To help him pay off that debt, she is working nights being a dealer at Demon Damon's gambling den.
Everything changes when Radley returns to his home to find out that he has inherited a dukedom. Where once Wendy saw a bright future for herself and Radley, she now feels like she is not good enough for him. Radley also get competition from Demon Damon for Wendy's hand.
This was definitely not your traditional historical romance. There is sort of a love triangle between Radley, Wendy and Demon Damon. When Radley comes back, Wendy is ready to start a relationship with him. But suddenly he is no longer in the same social circle as he is. You see that Wendy is so conflicted by wanting Radley, but knowing that she will never fit into his new world. Then there is Radley, who would much rather have been made captain than receive the Dukedom. Add to that the fact that the trio grew up together and there is bad blood already between the men.
The one thing that didn't really sit well with me was the violence in the story. I'm not a lover of "bloody" things and there is a part of the story that had me cringing. And then it was mentioned over and over again! Just not something I really want to read about in a romance novel. But having said that I know that it was a part of the story that needed to be there to help characterize the villain.
I've read all the stories in this series and do truly hope that Lee continues the series as I am quite fond of the group!