Lady Georgiana Halley is rather bitter and twisted about Viscount Dare, Tristan Carroway. Six years ago he ‘charmed her out of her innocence’, which she later found out was on a bet. Trust broken and heart bruised, she has not let herself be in a position of disadvantage since then. Georgiana is rich, titled and attractive. Following the death of his father, Tristan is now one of the impoverished gentry – putting on a good show, but soon he’ll have to start selling the non-entailed property unless he can find money fast. Such as marrying the wealthy, young Amelia Johns.
Tristan and Georgiana move in the same circles, and the only reason she will still speak to him is because he has not exposed her to any scandal by their actions of six years past. However, perceiving that he will not treat ‘poor Amelia’ as well as he should, Georgiana sets out to teach Tristan a lesson. And there the fun begins.
I especially liked the Carroway family – the characters that make it up, the clear affection there, and that Tristan is (as most are in real life too) an entirely different person with his family. Georgiana is able to see a different side to him, and basically she needs to in order to understand him.
For his part, Tristan regrets what he did, if not the event itself. As the object of her lesson, he begins to perceive that there may be some hope for them, and eventually to conclude that if Goergiana won’t be his wife, he’ll have no one. His monetary situation is a factor in their relationship, one they discuss frankly, but their relationship develops only as a trust is built up between them, and this is the central theme.
This book is part of a trilogy, and I’m looking forward to reading about how the other 2 ‘lessons’ go.