Distressed over the current widespread disinterest in matrimony among their eminently marriageable offspring, the formidable matriarchs of the ton have taken matters into their own meddling hands with the formation of The Ladies' Society for the Betterment of the Future of Britain. Their first challenge: the Earl of Pennington.
Miss Gwendolyn Townsend has seen her late father's estate go to a distant cousin she can't abide ... leaving her well-educated, able to make a perfect curtsy -- and penniless. So imagine her shock when it's discovered that a match had been arranged between herself and Marcus Holcroft, the Earl of Pennington -- one of the most eligible members of London society. Marcus constantly leaves her breathless and confused ... and though she's hesitant to marry a man she's just met, in the end she has no choice. But she makes some conditions first ...
Marcus cannot believe that the bride who has been foisted upon him is insisting on rules to their wedding ... and bedding! He's a man who has never had to tempt any woman into his arms. But even more surprising is that Gwendolyn is clearly hiding something -- and it shocks him to think that their exquisite kisses -- followed by his lessons in passionate lovemaking -- wouldn't be enough to make his wife tell him her every secret. After all, he's promised to be a proper husband -- isn’t it fair to also expect a proper wife?
My Rating: 4 out of 5
The only reason I gave it a 4 and not a 5 out of 5 is because the ending wasn't what I wanted! LOL However I really loved how the Mothers decided in the beginning to 'help' their children along to getting married, and I absolutely ADORED how Lady Pennington got her son to marry. VERY clever and I didn't see it for what it was until she admitted it. I really enjoyed how open Marcus was an how he didn't fight tooth an nail his feelings like most male romance characters do. Instead Gwen was the one to fight it and I enjoyed watching her fall! Great read! (Also for those who like to read books in order it is listed as Effington #6 however I've never read any others in the series and wasn't confused or thought I was missing anything. So definitely could be a stand alone book.)