Synopsis: Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised—and he laughs through it all. Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers. So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she’ll do anything to save their partnership...even if it means opening her vulnerable heart to the rake who could destroy it for good. (from the online description)
Review: Violet and Sebastian seem an unlikely pair and sometimes I felt that Milan was forcing the romance. But Violet's objection had depth and felt real and I appreciated that. I enjoyed the unfolding exploration of her relationship with her mother and her sister, and her own unfolding exploration of her heart. Milan did excellent research as to the scientific principles and procedures of the day - and defitly explored how female scientist where treated in those days (something that didn't change for 100 years, but that's a speech for another soapbox). It was nice to see characters from the previous books in this series and to see them as active parts in Violet's life and growth. In the end, I enjoyed this book. It was a well-done story with some minor flaws.
Bookmarks: 7 of 10
Date Finished: 7-28-2015