Antigone Preston has just lost her father, only to find out her mother has committed her to marriage with a man she does not love. In fact, he's olde enough to be her father. Her mother has arranged the marriage behind her back in effort to ensure her sister marry's well.
Antigone knows only a scandal will get her out of a loveless marriage with a man she can't stand to look at, even if it means she loses the dream of marriage all together.
When Antigone begins a scandal, the last thing she expects is to en up falling in love. This book is full of great characters even though Antigone is one of the most horrific names for a heroine. It took me quite a while to push past, which gave me a rather slow start to the book. Other than that and a few rather despicable characters mixed within the wonderful characters, this was a good, solid historical romance.
Forced by her family into an engagement with a man she can never abide, Antigone Preston knows only a scandal will save her from a loveless marriage. But knocking a man down to the ballroom floor with her fists brings dangerous consequences. She may have ruined her reputation, but now she’s endangered her heart…
The son of an earl and a career navy man, Captain William Jellicoe has no interest in the frivolities of London—and even less in the institution of marriage. But there’s something steering him toward Antigone. He has never met anyone as brazen and unconventional as…himself. But will he risk it all for a woman who still has the breath of scandal hot on her lips?