Tracy’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Series: A Logical Man’s Guide to Dangerous Women, #3
Release Date: January 25, 2022
Lawrence “Mars” Eddington, the Earl of Marsden is the last bachelor of the Three Bucks and the only remaining member of the Logical Men’s Society, which is just fine by him. In his experience, women can’t be trusted, and loving them only leads to pain. A fact that still haunts him when he recalls this father’s love for this wife and the duel that ended his life when he was shot by one of her lovers. Mars still hungers for revenge against Lord Dervil, the man who killed his father, and swears that one day he will get justice. But when a former mistress invades his home and leaves him with a baby – his baby – his plans for vengeance will have to be shelved for the time being.
But his plans are not the only ones that met with an unexpected twist, Miss Clarissa Taylor is also back in Maidenshop after she was terminated from the companion’s job the matrons found for her. She has no idea what she is going to do, but as luck would have it – Mars needs a nursemaid and the matrons decide that Clarissa is the perfect person for the job. This would be the perfect solution if Clarissa and Mars didn’t dislike each other – but with no other options, Clarissa accepts. But what begins as a job, turns into a lifetime commitment when his mother appears and Mars claims they are married and the baby is theirs. And once his mother explains her reason for visiting, Mars sees a way to care for his child and get his revenge – he just needs to convince Clarissa to actually marry him.
This was a great addition to the series and after the sacrifices Clarissa made in the previous book, I was thrilled that she was getting a chance at HEA. This book is well-written, nicely-paced, and surprised me more than once. It is filled with witty banter, leads that have both suffered and have much more in common than either wants to admit, an adorable baby, surprise revelations, steamyish love scenes, cameos from previous characters, duels, more surprises, and finally a HEA that was just perfect for this story. This is the third book in the series, but it could be read as a standalone title, but all three books are great, so for the best experience, do yourself a favor and read the books in order. I really enjoyed this book and am happy to recommend not only this title but the entire series!
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*