Tracy’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: A Scandal in Mayfair, #3
Release Date: January 26, 2022
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so upon learning that her father, the Earl of Deerforth plans to marry her off to the cringe-worthy Lord Chippenham, Lady Imogen Ridley takes matters into her own hands and sets out to ruin herself. She invites the Earl of Halston, a renowned rake, to meet her in the gazebo while attending a ball – but to her surprise, it is not the earl who is there, but an American. They chat and have an instant connection, they even make plans to meet again at another function, thus beginning their secret love affair.
Caleb Black is a successful landscape artist in New York, who has come to England to design a garden for Lord Tierney. He came hoping to expand his family business but is shocked to find love instead. But unlike America where Caleb is considered a “catch” here in England, he is considered little more than a servant, making courtship with an earl’s daughter all but impossible. But the heart wants what the heart wants and Caleb won’t let anyone or anything keep him from the love of his life.
This is the final book in the A Scandal in Mayfair series and it ties up the series nicely. The book is not as steamy as the previous books and it is definitely more angsty. The first part of the book was a bit slow as it is the same timeline as the first two books, but from Imogen’s POV – kudos to Ms. Campbell for keeping Imogen’s secret love affair so well hidden in the first two books – I read them both and honestly had no idea Imogen was in love! As I mentioned, this book is less steamy, but it is filled with emotion, a truly vile villain, a hero and heroine willing to lose everything for their love and the long, painful road to their HEA. This is the third (and final) book in the series and while it could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the series in order.
*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.*