Lady Isabella Winton waits years to marry her fiancé, but Lord Alexander Fitzroy, a reformed rake, always finds an excuse to delay the nuptials.With the marriage set for the next month, Fitzroy tells her he is needed in Belgium almost immediately. He warns her it may be dangerous for her to accompany him. Isabella suspects he is bluffing. Brussels is the centre of a social whirl. She looked forward elaborate dinners and extravagant balls. Fearing Fitzroy may have returned to his rakish ways, she insists on travelling with him. Isabella is unaware that Lord Everard Ladness, heir to a dukedom, is obsessed with her and will go to any lengths to possess her.
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RATING: 3 1/2 stars
REVIEW: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really struggled through the first third of the book. The writing itself is good, it is very descriptive and enjoyable to read. The characters seemed too vapid and annoying to me. All they seemed to be were interested in clothing, social outings, and marriage. While Isabella seemed to be on the verge of being a very decent, feminist character, her head was still in the balls and clothing section of life.
The whole thing changes though during the wedding. Formerly annoying characters, like Isabella's mother, really come to life, and become enjoyable. During the trip to Brussels, Isabella really comes into her own and breaks out of the society norms of balls and gowns, and truly starts seeing and caring for people outside of her own little circle.
After a rough start, I really enjoyed the book, and hope to read the next in the series.