Lady Augusta has a lout for a father, and she does all she can to take care of her two younger sisters. When she is caught in a compromising position and must marry, she realizes that just as with her father, she will never know love in her marriage either. But at least her sisters will be taken care of.
Adam, the Duke of Blacktower, is thought to be a rake, rogue, wastrel. Some of it is true. After having a hateful father and a tragedy in his youth, he had turned his heart to stone. Vowing never to marry or love. But, he has enough morals to refuse and ruin Augusta.
Both Augusta and Adam had ideas about the other, judging them without knowing them. And they are both wrong about the other. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters.
**Sexual content within marriage
Lady Pippa Post is taking her life into her own hands. She is going to be free. Free of her parents and society. Along with her three friends, they make a pact to find their places in the world. And Pippa's is to go and work for the Earl of Roxley as his assistant.
Lord Marcus Drake, Earl of Roxley, cannot find a competent assistant. When a drenched young woman shows up at his door...he almost turns her away, but he does not judge on the sex of a person, so he gives her a chance.
Pippa and Marcus both love history more than the present...and, the artifacts of the past more than people. So they get on quite well. Only...maybe there is something in the present that both of them find they do like... I enjoyed the story and look forward to more in this series.