When society thinks you’re a walking scandal, you might as well use it to your advantage.
Aurora “Rory” Paxton has been living in Norfolk with her aunt for eight years when the mysterious Lady Milford shows up at her door with a familiar pair of shoes. Despite having been banished from society after an indecorous liaison, Rory is needed back in London to save her family from an even bigger scandal. After learning that her stepmother is being blackmailed and it’s threatening her sister’s pending marriage, she sets off to use her reputation to catch the blackmailer: “stone-faced prig” Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell. But Lucas, as it turns out, is too concerned with repairing his family’s finances to blackmail anybody. After a steamy run-in in his bedchamber, Rory and Lucas discover they’re on the same side and begin to work together to find the extortionist. Though Lucas is about to propose to another young heiress, he finds that the scandalous girl he fell for back when she made her debut may be worth a life of penny-pinching, just as Rory discovers that the man behind the marquess is far warmer than she thought. Avid readers of the Cinderella Sisterhood series (His Wicked Wish, 2016, etc.) know that when Lady Milford appears, a magical story is about to unfold, and this is no exception. Once again, the matchmaker has put together a fairy-tale Regency couple bolstered by a remarkable supporting cast of family members whose own stories are just as romantic. Though Rory and Lucas’ passion is muted at times, the mature hero and heroine have a bond that will charm readers.
A solidly scandalous Regency romance with a touch of magic.