I love Eloisa James' books! I have probably read just about everything she has written - especially her historical fiction. Due to an inheritance, Lucy becomes a girl in demand. She is already engaged, but when she inherits, her mother forces her to break her engagement because now the man isn't suitable since he doesn't have a title.
Coming face to face with the man she agreed to marry, Lucy forces Cyrus to tell her why she was selected for his bride. Forced to confront his own reasons for choosing her, Cyrus acknowledges that he chose her because she was safe...not given to giggling, drama, or other foolishness. She "checked a box" on his list of successes he wants to achieve. Sadly, this confirms Lucy's opinion of what happened when she became engaged. She continues to challenge his behavior, his thinking, his actions.....and breaks the engagement, even though she didn't want to.
Faced with the loss of the woman he was going to marry, Cyrus realizes that maybe the way he chose a bride was wrong. The two of them have to figure out if the engagement is what they want, or if they want to call it off completely, no matter what Lucy's mother wants.
I know this is a novella, but I thought that the ending was a bit abrupt, in my opinion. It just seemed to be resolved, without the usual depth of understanding I expect from her books. One thing I liked was that there were several excerpts from other books. One of them, The Duke is Mine, is the story of a secondary character within Winning the Wallflower. I'm looking forward to reading it.
I received this book from the publisher through the Edelweiss program. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. This review originally appeared on my blog.