If you read Not Wicked Enough (Reforming the Scoundrels) you'll be familiar with the H and h of this sequel. Heroine Eugenia is the sister of Mountjoy, the farmer duke who falls for the cousin of our hero here, the Marquess of Fenris. This sequel works fine as a stand alone but if you read the first book, you'll understand the true devastation and grief Eugenia had suffered after the death of her beloved husband Robert.
Long before Eugenia and Robert had married, Fenris was attracted to her but was convinced that he, as the heir to a duchy, needed to find someone with better "ton". Then his best friend Robert falls for Eugenia and wants to marry her. Fenris tries his best to discourage this but all he manages to do is alienate Robert, insult Eugenia and cause her to resent, dislike and distrust him.
Now Robert is dead and Eugenia is trying to set aside her grief and get on with life. She's in London to help introduce Hester Rendell to society and to possible suitors. That brings the two women into contact with Fenris and his father, the Duke of Camber. While there's a slightly interesting interaction between the older duke and young Hester because of their shared interest in botany, the main story revolves around Fenris and Eugenia.
Fenris, still attracted to Eugenia, needs to find some way to atone for his past mistakes and get her to accept him. That would have been good but I saw no attempts on his part to really apologize for or explain his past actions. What we get is just one long seduction. A well-written, hot seduction with lots of intimate scenes, but I really would have liked Fenris to sit down with Eugenia and explain his younger self's behavior and his true feelings.
Unfortunately, the only discussion of his past behavior that Fenris has is with his friend Aigen in Chapter 10. Why not with Eugenia? But no, all we get is her saying "I hate you" and him saying "I know", or her "You're no Robert" and his agreeing with her. This is basically the only conversation they have about their relationship. The rest is just a very hot, yet somewhat cold (romantically), intimacy.
I liked the book. It's well written and has some smart dialogue. However,it lacked much romance. Too many 4-letter words and sex scenes, not love scenes, for me to enjoy it fully. I don't consider myself a prude. I don't object to the intimate scenes. I just felt the lack of romantic ones.