The second book in The Gentleman Next Door series was another delightful romp. It features the best friend from the previous story as the heroine.
Chastity is determined to marry a man who can forward the family’s shipping business particularly in the South Pacific. Her family may be from trade, but she is still an heiress and invited to the best that society has to offer. She sets her cap for a man with clout in government in the area of shipping and trade. It is then that she encounters her next door neighbor, Lord Lucas Willoughby, known as the Matchmaking Baron because six of his fiancées found other men. Chastity feels Lucas’ reputation can help her get the man she has her eye on and it does, but in the mean time, Lucas himself has gained her attention and is interested in her.
The second story had the nice twist of Chastity coming from a working class family and having to decide what is more important to her whether it is the family business or a chance on love. She knows what it means to live poor so the choice isn’t that easy. I did feel that she ran roughshod over Lucas in the process though she did wake him up to what he had done wrong all those times with the ones before, but it was still a heartwarming story with its humorous moments. I did feel the romance needed a bit more teasing out, but it was a mild quibble.
Fast, fun and engaging with vast appeal for those who like their romance sweet and set against a historical backdrop.
My thanks to Net Galley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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