Tracy’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Furies, #2
Release Date: 2015
The Countess of Randolph, nee Lady Sophia Baneham is furious, mere hours after her wedding she has learned the truth of her new husband. She leaves him and joins her friends at the home of the dowager Duchess of Wynchester. Sophia aka Lady Scandal along with her friends Lavinia (Lady Vice) and Thea (Duchess Decadence) run an illegal gaming enterprise and are known far and wide as the Furies. Sophia believed Hugh, the Earl of Randolph was different and made a wager with him, which ended in her marriage to him – a fate she looked forward to at the time, thinking marriage to him would protect her from her father’s enemies, namely Kasai, but that was before she learned he worked for her late and very much unlamented father and now she wants nothing more than to be done with him.
Hugh did marry Sophia to protect her from Kasai, but he knows there is more to his desire to wed her than a promise to her father to keep her safe. He knew she would be angry when she learned the truth, but he didn’t expect her to disappear off the face of the earth for weeks and he definitely didn’t expect to find her working on a farm run by a Quaker! But to win her back, Hugh agrees to work alongside her and hopes to build something lasting with her. But when their enemies find them, will they work together to vanquish them or will Kasai win the day?
This was a very well-written, nicely paced book with wonderful characters and a very intricate plot. This book has a bit of everything, secrets, lies, steamy love scenes, intrigue, spies, great secondary characters, surprising twists and turns, and finally a lovely ending complete with an epilogue. This is the second book in the series and while I didn’t read the first book, I was able to follow the plot with no issues, but I will be reading the first book as soon as possible and I will definitely be reading the final book in the series too!
*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.*