Bray Drakestone, Marquis of Lockington, heir to the dukedom of Drakestone and member of the Heir's Club is racking down Rotten Row in the misty fog with Nathan Prim, Viscount Waybury when Prim's carriage overturns severely injuring him. Prim extracts a vow from Bray that he will marry his sister Louisa because his uncle will inherit and his uncle won't take care of his six sisters.
Two years later, Louisa and her sisters have been dumped in London by her uncle. He has given guardianship to Bray, now the Duke of Drakestone and fled to Europe with his young wife. Bray visits Louisa and makes a half-hearted proposal. When she rejects him (duh!) he says that she will have to be the one to propose next.
I loved the characters in this book. There was so much depth. Poor Bray was the only child of an only child and suddenly, he is thrown into a family of five girls. As the story progresses, Bray learns how to feel. Louisa was happy in the country with her family until her brother died. Now, she has to keep her sisters together because her uncle only wants to be responsible for her and her sister Gwen, who is being prepared for a season. Louisa has had to be strong and as the story progresses, she has to learn how to let Bray take care of her and her sisters. I loved how Bray referred to her as Miss Prim and Proper as he was denying his feelings.
This was a wonderful novel.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGlley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.