A wild young lord is maneuvered into making a vow to marry the sister of a dying comrade, but the lady refuses to cooperate.
Grey (The Rogue Steals a Bride, 2013, etc.) returns with the first book in a new trilogy, the Heirs Club of Scoundrels. Bray Drakestone, Marquis of Lockington, is a scoundrel who keeps his promises. Usually. He doesn’t want to keep the promise he made to Nathan Prim, Viscount Wayebury, moments before the Viscount died of injuries he received during an ill-conceived late-night carriage race in Hyde Park. But there were many witnesses that night, and half the ton has laid wagers on whether Bray will make good and marry the Viscount’s sister Louisa. Bray realizes with some horror that even the prince regent has made a wager he cannot afford to lose, betting the famous Elgin Marbles. Now Bray is under pressure from his mother, his friends, the ton and even the Crown. But Louisa will have none of him, because she blames him for her brother’s death. Predictably, his high-handed manner, fantastic sex appeal and poignant loneliness slowly erode her resolve. Even her four troublesome little sisters, who have been foisted on Bray as wards by their wayward uncle, can’t completely dissuade him from pursuing Louisa. Bray grew up an only child with no cousins, and he's horrified and fascinated by the chaotic household full of children. But the children, as much as Louisa, make him long for companionship.
The plot drags in places when the protagonists don’t see each other for weeks at a time. It also takes a few unnecessary sideways steps, like Bray’s trip into the remote countryside to visit a grieving friend, but overall, it’s an entertaining read, and the characters are lively and interesting.