This third installment of the Gentlemen Next Door series was finished in a wink and a blink, but it still packed a good plot and engaging characters into it for all that.
This story is about Cassandra Drummond, the sister of the previous heroine. Cassandra is on the eccentric side so she tries to stay out of the way of popular society while she pounds away at her creative engineering designs for the family company. Unfortunately, the side effect to Chastity’s upcoming high society nuptials to her Baron is that now all the society fortune hunters feel the second Drummond heiress is eager to follow her sister down the church aisle. She accepts the hospitality of her future brother in law to stay in his small country home. In fact, she’ll go a week early.
Gray can’t believe his eyes when he lays eyes on the pretty young lady that just entered the library where he had been lounging on the sofa in a drunken state. She is shocked to see him in disheveled attire, but really he hadn’t been expecting the house guest until the following week when he’d have to pack up and move on to clear the way. Gray was a second son with no financial help or support of family and never trained to work so he was now an impoverished professional houseguest living by his charm. He is not proud of his state and knows he must eventually marry an heiress if he is to get on. Oddly, that happens sooner than later when witnesses to the lady standing near him while he is in a state of undress make it clear he must protect her reputation.
The newly married couple must now sort it all out and that is when the real fun begins.
I adored Cassandra and Gray. They were the original geeks it seems with their mutual love of tinkering and invention along with their ease with just saying it like it is around each other. Both feel inadequate. Cassandra sees Gray as Upper Class son of a duke and she, rising from the poor class and unable to behave normal in society. Gray feels he has nothing to offer a beautiful, intelligent woman who is an heiress since his father cut him off. He can only give her the gift of letting her be herself.
Loved this quick shortie of a historical romance that sparkled in spite of the length. I had such a good time that I wish it could have been longer.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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