Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Both folks are titled here, and it's pretty much an arranged marriage but then she falls for his rake of a brother instead.
I have to say, this is the book that made the series just 3 stars for me.
So, triangle: heroine, fiance, hero who is fiance's brother. And there is some interesting stuff going on, in terms of the fiance having a mistress and double standards and also some family drama because of his hate for his brother.
But, at one point the fiance reacts violently about something and while he is forgiven in the book, I just can't with that type of violence. Both that it happens, who shrugs it off, and who forgives and why.
I also disliked the heroine's brother, who goes from "arranged marriage but I want you to be happy" to "marry who I say or else" and he's not supposed to be a bad guy.
There's also an interesting side story about gin: both the damage it's doing to the working poor but also how things like making gin support the fancy lives of the rich and I'm curious as to how this plays out as the series goes on.
There's something about this series so I continue!
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