I really enjoyed this book by Charis. I read the first one in the series, I like this one more. The brothers in both the first book and this one are fascinating characters that had many challenges growing up due to their wastrel parents.
Emmaline the Dowager Duchess of Ticking is all of 23 years old and was married to a man more than 50 years older than her. She thought the move to the Dower house would allow her and her autistic brother more freedom and peace. The new Duke wants the money that her parents left in a trust to take care of her brother and will stop at nothing to get it.
Beauregard Rainsleigh is now a Viscount who wants nothing to do with the title. His brother Bryson had it first until it was discovered that Beau was actually the first born son and Bryson is the son of his father and a servant. Beau lives on a decrepit boat by himself and refuses all attempts by family and friends to take up the Title.
When Beau and Emmaline meet there is instant attraction. Although they both have plans to escape England and the entanglements that they have, they cannot deny the feelings they have for each other. When a crisis arises that will take Emmaline's brother away from her, can Beau live up the the challenge or will he run away like he has been doing his whole life.
I have to admit that I liked Bryson in the first book more than Beauregard in this book at the beginning, but as the story progresses he turns into the hero that Emmaline needs. Charis writes a lovely book with memorable characters (including the secondary characters). The pace of the plot was good and the story was unique and creative.