This is the second book in the Rules To Be Reckless Series. What can I say? Meredith is one of the most gifted and intelligent Historical Romance Authors writing today. Her stories and characters are unique and addictive. This particular book resonates because Catherine and Nicholas are not your typical Hero and Heroine. Catherine is a businesswoman who runs an Auction House and devotes her whole existence to her business, not letting anyone or anything distract her from her objectives and what she believes is her calling in life.
Nicholas is a rich illegitimate crime lord turned somewhat legitimate businessman takes care of his own people and will do whatever is needed whether it is against the law or not. Catherine is in a difficult position
with her brother who owns half of the business and is running it into the ground. The only way to get control according to her father's will is to marry and then she has the right to stop her brother from ruining the business.
She makes a deal with the devil. She proposes marriage to Nicholas. She will get a say in how her business is run and Nicholas with be able to get her brother to help him with the Board of Works to help his people.
But you know what they say about dealing with the devil.....How will this marriage work?
This is a lovely story about two people who think they know what they want from life until they enter into a deal that changes them forever. The raw emotion, their vulnerabilities, the stubbornness, the misconceptions and especially the love that grows from two such different people is amazing to read. I loved this book and cannot wait for the next one in the series. I hope it features a certain lady and her brother.