I am apparently reading this series backwards. There is no designation in the title to indicate this, but I first read the third book in the series. I didn’t realize this until I started reading this book and realized that this one takes place prior to the one I had just finished and that there is another one which is the first book. Not that it has ruined anything for me. It is obvious when reading this type of book that you will get a HEA for the hero and heroine.
Clarissa is the little sister of Justin Rodale’s best friend. She is off limits. Justin is the owner of a gaming hell in London and the illegitimate child of the Duke of Chanceworth. Being illegitimate puts him just on the fringe of proper society. Clarissa is bound and determined to marry herself off to George Wilburton whom her deceased sister-in-law recommended. Clarissa realizes she needs some help and goes to Justin for guidance. Both Justin and Clarissa agree they are unsuitable, but they can’t keep their hands to themselves.
The third book has more action/adventure than this one did. They are both short and sweet so I enjoyed that. Overall, the writing was well done, but the storyline could have used a bit more fleshing out. Like we never learned what happened to Lady Manchester’s will and her nasty cousin! It also took me forever to finish. I would read a bit, then read another book, then read a bit more.