I liked this book even more than the first in Dare’s series. Heroine Clio and hero Rafe both had journeys that made sense to me, and genuine conflicts keeping the apart. Clio has been engaged for eight long years to Rafe’s brother, a diplomat who is only home every couple years and hasn’t seen fit to marry her yet. Rafe has repudiated his title and become a champion in the world of illegal prizefighting. So when Clio decides to give up on her engagement, it is in Rafe’s interest to marry her off to his brother, so Rafe doesn’t have to keep the responsibility of being a marquess and can leave that and all it entails to his happily married brother while Rafe fights. Wonderful period bodice-ripping, for 18 and up.