An idealistic suffragette…
Miss Frederica “Free” Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspaper, known for its outspoken support of women’s rights. Naturally, her enemies are intent on destroying her business and silencing her for good. Free refuses to be at the end of her rope…but she needs more rope, and she needs it now.
…a jaded scoundrel…
Edward Clark’s aristocratic family abandoned him to die in a war-torn land, so he survived the only way he could: by becoming a rogue and a first-class forger. When the same family that left him for dead vows to ruin Miss Marshall, he offers his help. So what if he has to lie to her? She’s only a pawn to use in his revenge.
…and a scandal seven years in the making.
But the irrepressible Miss Marshall soon enchants Edward. By the time he realizes that his cynical heart is hers, it’s too late. The only way to thwart her enemies is to reveal his scandalous past…and once the woman he loves realizes how much he’s lied to her, he’ll lose her forever.
Free was great. She was idealistic, but she wasn’t stupid. She knew exactly what she was fighting for and what she was fighting against. She was smart and didn’t let anyone take control of the situation. That ended up driving Edward to not telling her things.
Edward was damaged and didn’t feel as though he deserved anyone to love him. Friends or a woman, love was not something he would ever have. Of course, several people loved him and eventually he figured out he was maybe worth it.
The big thing was Edward’s brother who was an absolute piece of shit. Years ago Free told him she wouldn’t be his mistress. He didn’t take it well. He also, basically, tried to kill Edward few years earlier and caused all of Edward’s mental issues. He was the enemy in this book, but he was inept and they easily thwarted him, mainly because he had no idea they were working together.
They worked great as a couple, but I thought the ending was a bit underwhelming. They got married, had a fight, made up, and then they started planning to change their part of the world. I don’t know, I just felt a bit disappointed. I did like to see Free’s parents show up there at the end and I loved Free.