This books was completely wooden. The love scenes are terrible, and we never get a sense of ture commitment from Nat, only Sophie's love for him which looks a whole lot like frustrated need. His gleeful visit to the brothel followed by his sudden remorse, and decision to find a nice safe widow with the help of his friends is offensive. As is his decision to go after Lady Gullis, and constant bewailing of the fact that if he had known she was on offer sooner he wold never have got mixed up with Sophie!!
To allow his friend Eden, who sets up all of his amours, and knows the best tarts in London, to marry his niece, is the worst thing Nat could ever do. Why wed her to a debauched pimp, even if he does have a title and wealth?
And they have the nerve to look down on other people? The whole book wa short but could have been shorter still without the subplot of Eden and Lavinia getting married, not to mention his sister and her cousin and blah blah blah. the whole family tricking her into seeing him is just too absurd, as is her blurtingout her news-totally predictable.
The four horsemen are rude, vulgar, ungentlemanly, and crass, and there is no romance in this book, only copulation. It was exceptionally dull with no emotional involvement-like there is a thick pane of glass between their feelings and their actions. Readers deserve better that this mish mash which tries to titillate and only irritates.