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The last thing Sir Toby Aldridge, jilted fiancé and scandal sheet favourite, wants is to see his former bride-to-be again. Especially in the company of the man who whisked her away from him. But Toby can't help himself. So when he sees Gray dancing with the only interesting debutante in the room, he has to interrupt. A petty form of revenge, until he discovers the woman's name, and comes up with a better plan.
Isabel Grayson hardly knows what to do when such a handsome man sweeps her from her brother's arms. Especially as he's the last she could possibly marry. She has plans, great plans of political reform and charitable endeavours, and for that she needs money, social influence and a great title. No mere baronet will do.
At least, that's what she thought at the start of the evening...
Having first appeared as the object of girlish infatuation (Goddess of the Hunt), then jilted without thought (Surrender of a Siren), Toby comes as something of a surprise. He may start out bitter, and at times be a little too charming, but his good nature and need to be everything Isabel wants is lovely. That doesn't mean he doesn't make mistakes, but he's mostly sympathetic in his faults. He's no all-conquering, marauding hero, but he is romantic.
Which is good because Isabel isn't. She's good, really good, but her passion saves her from being tiresome. (Altruism is a wonderful thing, but rarely makes for good romance.) Her troubles, inner demons and notions make her a frustrating heroine at times, but like Toby she's sympathetic enough to remain interesting.
With Toby's teasing charm against Isabel's earnest honesty, this tale is a delight to read - especially with a hero unafraid of declaring himself. Characters from the previous novels make welcome returns as this tale whirls from the heights of London to the bucolic delights of the countryside. It's a light, mostly fluffy read, designed to make a reader feel good. Dare is a delightful addition to the genre.