Sylvia Dowder, surrounded by shame from a broken engagement, joined the Everton Domestic Society. This way her twin sister could still have a chance at an engagement this season. Dumped due to her social status being lower than her fiancée’s, she gets back at the ton by moonlighting as a secret gossip columnist. This is a creative outlet for her sparky nature to put certain gossipers in their place by calling them out in this column. Getting a job through the Everton Domestic Society working for Anthony Braighton, the new Earl of Grafton, makes it harder to keep her writing a secret. What other secrets is she able to keep?
Not too surprisingly, I loved this book! I have been a fan of A. S. Fenichel’s writing since the beginning of the trilogy before this series, the Forever Brides series (see my reviews #1, #2, #3, and Bonus). The first book of the Forever Brides series (Tainted Bride) was about Sophia Braighton, Anthony’s sister. It was fun to read the interactions between Anthony and his sister Sophia. It was also fun to see the dynamic differences between the American siblings, Anthony and Sophia, and the rest of the English characters. I found it very interesting how the author contrasted the character reactions to the new social status of Sylvia’s former fiancée and Anthony Braighton. What also enriched the plot was how Sylvia and Anthony’s frank personalities brought them together.
This book is the third in the Everton Domestic Society series (see my reviews on the earlier here and here ) but it can be read as a standalone. There are references to previous characters, however, there are brief background updates for each of them that does not halt the pacing of the story. I was very excited when a familiar character came into the story and it felt like a party was building with the familiar guests showing up.
I would definitely recommend this book for romance readers, particularly those fond of Regency Romances. The romance is slowly built over situations and time making it more authentic for me as a reader. I would recommend this book for adults as there are some graphically sexual scenarios.
I would not recommend this book for readers who may be triggered or offended by: graphically sexual scenarios, public shaming, alcoholism, parental dominance, or mild foul language.
Please note: an electronic ARC of this book was generously provided through the Goodreads Giveaway program.