Eh. This one didn't quite hit the mark for me. It was ok, but it didn't really inspire any deep feeling. The book wasn't exactly boring, but it teetered on the edge.
The story centers on two characters featured heavily in The Importance of Being Wicked: Caro's cousin Anne and her unscrupulous friend Marcus. As the story begins, Anne is being plagued by fortune hunters. She can't seem to find a man who wants her for who she is, until she meets Marcus. Of course, he wants her money every bit as much as all of her other suitors, but he's better at playing the game. He convinces Anne that he shares her interests --that he sees the real her-- and convinces her to fall halfway in love with him. That is, until she learns the truth. From there, she decides to teach him a lesson he'll never forget.
It's only a matter of time, though, until these two work through each other's facades. And they fall head over heels for the reality of the other. But is it enough? Marcus is still poor and Anne could lose more than her heart if she stays with him.
Marcus is supposed to be this worldly, dastardly rake, but we don't really see much of that. In fact, he's really quite tame. Yeah, he was trying to get one over on Anne in the beginning, but he did far more moaning and groaning about not wanting to be like his father. I just wanted to shake him. You don't want to be like your father? Then don't be like your father. Problem solved. But alas, there was much more teeth gnashing than that. Then there is Anne who is really kind of clueless about real-life. She whines about her money, but doesn't really understand what it means to live without it. Then, we go from seeing her pampered and pristine to scrubbing floors and it just didn't ring true. On top of all that, it was way, way too easy for Marcus and Anne to end up alone as much as they did. It didn't make sense for someone so cloistered to be allowed such freedom for so long.
The book wasn't bad. Not at all. There is some fairly good sexual tension and I enjoyed it when these two finally got together. There is also a pretty good tie in with Caro and her stuffy husband. I just didn't connect with the story or the characters all that much.