How the Wallflower Was Won

Avon. (Last Chance Scoundrels, Bk. 2). Sept. 2022. 384p. . ISBN 9780063086289. pap. $8.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Finn Ransome would much rather spend his nights gambling than dancing with debutantes at a society ball. His dream is to run his own gaming hell, but he needs to wed before he sees a penny of his inheritance. Enter Miss Tabitha Seaton, a bluestocking in need of a husband of her own. Tabitha is desperate to join London’s most prestigious intellectual society, which will only consider her if she’s married. Finn, who has a reading disability, is worried that he’s no match for Tabitha’s mind and tries to set her up with his friend Dominic. When it’s clear there’s no attraction between those two, but plenty between Tabitha and Finn, they nervously agree to marry. Their physical chemistry and lovemaking is explosive, but Finn continues to fear he’s not smart enough for his wife, while Tabitha anxiously guards against a broken heart.
VERDICT Leigh’s second “Last Chance Scoundrels” Regency romance (following The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes) takes a classic marriage of convenience plot and enhances it with a likable couple who clearly care deeply for one another. Recommended for fans of emotion-driven historical romances.
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