Susan went to school with Beau Eversley's younger sister, and heard so much of him that one day she escaped from school to visit a neighbouring estate at a time when she knew he would be there, just to have a look at him. But this introduction would have led nowhere had they not met again at a ball, on which occasion he took her in to supper. Too much champagne made her blurt out a fanciful dream as a fact to her aunt - that she was engaged to Beau Eversley! Of course, she had to warn him, but somehow he was willing to continue the fake engagement for a while before breaking it off. However, this betrothal led to other, wholly unexpected complications...
Though Susan is clearly in love all along, the Beau takes a while to work out how he feels, and the relationship develops slowly. The complication that comes to light is brought out beautifully, and neatly ends up bringing the two together, though initially it seems to Susan to be the end of everything. The resolution of the complication was foreshadowed enough that it was somewhat predictable, but that didn't stop it being enjoyable. My main complaint about the book was the abrupt way in which it ended (no doubt to make ready for a sequel), though the discussion of the Beau's way of life showed him rather too clearly to engage in rakish behaviour than I quite liked.
Content: clean, clear statements that the hero had mistresses (one at a time), but nothing on stage, or even during the time covered by the story. Language: clean, little or no(?) bad language or blasphemy Writing: good, few errors and highly readable Characters: felt realistic, Susan in particular developed nicely Storyline: interesting, but with a semi-cliffhanger
Note that I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.