A society darling
A rake never far from scandal
A deal that will change everything…
When Kieran Ransome’s latest antics result in scandal, his father issues an ultimatum: find a respectable wife or inherit nothing. But as one of London’s most notorious scoundrels, Kieran doesn’t know any ladies who fit the bill…or does he?
Celeste Kilburn is a society darling, beloved by influential members of the ton. But keeping a spotless reputation leaves little room for adventure and she longs to escape her gilded cage. When Kieran, her brother’s best friend, begs for her help Celeste makes a deal: she will introduce him to the right social circles if he’ll show her the scandalous side of London!
Amongst ‘proper’ garden parties and, equally enthralling, wild fêtes and sensual art salons an initial attraction builds to a more tempting desire. But when their midnight exploits are discovered, Celeste’s freedom and reputation are at risk and Kieran must save the woman he loves…respectable or not.
I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Celeste, the female protagonist, wants to explore every aspect of her life. She is determined to defy the bounds of the male-dominated Regency society. Kieran, a dissolute Regency rake with hidden emotional depths, has to find an acceptable wife and enlists Celeste’s help to enter polite society. She agrees, but only if he promises to show her his world. I like how this story explores the inequalities of this historical world and how difficult it was for women to have independence in any aspect of their lives.
Celeste is not a complete innocent. She experienced depravity and poverty in her early life, making her willingness to explore Keiran’s world believable. In keeping with Celeste’s journey of self-realisation, sensual romance defines this story. Celeste and Keiran are likeable characters. I enjoyed their uncensored dialogue, which makes the story authentic and engaging to read.
I enjoyed this delightful escapist read interwoven with insightful thoughts on the double standards of Regency society.