Francesca Bridgerton, the Countess of Kilmartin has finally reached a kind of peace in her life. She is ready to shed the colors of half-mourning, she has found purpose in life through managing the Kilmartin estate, and she has returned to London to find a husband. But this visit unfortunately coincides with the return of her estranged best friend and late husband’s cousin, Michael. They find themselves increasingly drawn together, but a sense of guilt and duty towards the late Earl of Kilmartin keeps them apart…until it can’t.
This was probably my least favorite book in the Bridgerton series. I disliked that initially it was mostly physical attraction that drew the two together. I also found this book lacking in the humorous banter that some of the previous books did really well with. I also found myself really forcing myself to push through the middle of the book, which I found dull and uninteresting. I would give this book 2.5/5 stars.