A failed eviction leads to a successful love match.
Juliette Lacey is the only Wayward Wallflower left in the crumbling town house owned by her eccentric Uncle Alistair. She’s a bit lonely but happy to care for her uncle and wait for her dream gentleman to appear. By dream gentleman, she doesn’t mean “cravatless rogue” Lord Samuel Travis, but he’s the one who shows up on her doorstep one morning, informs her that the house is actually owned by his brother, Nigel, the Marquess of Currington, and refuses to leave the property until she and her uncle move out. As she also refuses to leave—and since he needs a place to stay, Nigel having kicked him out of his own home after another in a long string of debauched nights—he agrees to pose as her uncle’s research assistant while she tries to persuade Nigel to let her and Uncle Alistair stay. Their proximity leads to several passionate moments, confusing Julie further since the duplicitous Nigel is secretly pursuing her as his mistress, but Sam is the one who can “set her blood on fire.” After she runs out of options, Julie and Uncle Alistair have no choice but to start packing up their lives—and Sam must decide whether to be loyal to the family he was born to or to the family he’s found with them. The final Lacey sister gets the love story she deserves in the third entry in Bennett’s Wayward Wallflowers series. Though Julie's romance with Sam lacks the intense conflict of the first two installments, it has all of the steamy moments, and Bennett’s gift for writing a page-turner of a plot is on full display. Readers of the first two books will be happy to see both of Julie's sisters make cameo appearances and will be even happier to read a truly happy ending for beloved Uncle Alistair, the other hero of the series.
A solid Regency story of true love over deceitful duty.