· The Phoenix Club Book 3 · Zealous Quill Press
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Society’s most exclusive invitation... 

Welcome to the Phoenix Club, where London’s most audacious, disreputable, and intriguing ladies and gentlemen find scandal, redemption, and second chances.

Every three years, like clockwork, Ruark Hannigan, Earl of Wexford loses his heart. Alas, he promised his father he wouldn’t marry until the age of thirty so that he’d be certain in his choice. When his best friend’s sister needs him to pose as a potential suitor to garner attention on the Marriage Mart, he’s the perfect candidate—if only he hadn’t kissed her in secret.

Lady Cassandra Westbrook can’t forget the incident between her and Wexford, and she’s having a devil of a time focusing on finding a husband. The fact that her father intimidates every gentleman has made her quest intolerable, and her two brothers who could help are proving completely worthless. But if she doesn’t settle on someone, her father will arrange an “acceptable” marriage by the end of the Season.

Finally, Cassandra has a chance at courtship, but, frustratingly, it’s not with the impulsive and irresistible Irishman her father detests and she desires. However, when Ruark sees the woman he passionately wants—despite his better judgment—swept into the arms of another man, the prospect of losing her becomes intolerable.

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8 reviews
Alison Robinson
November 16, 2021
DNF at 50%. In one of the previous books two young women sneak into the Phoenix Club disguised as servants to see what happens (unmarried women can't be members). One of them ended up married to her guardian, the other, Lady Cassandra Westbrook, ended up kissed by Ruark Hannigan, Earl of Wexford in a cupboard before he realised who she was (yes I know, the idea that it is okay to kiss servants willy-nilly is a bit distasteful). Neither Cassandra nor Ruark can get the 'incident' out of their minds, unfortunately Ruark is one of Cassandra's brother's best friends which apparently makes her off-limits as a potential bride. In addition, Ruark is Irish and his mother married a Catholic after his father died so that makes him unacceptable to Cassandra's father (who seems to have regressed after his softening in the last book). Cassandra's father has decreed that she must get married this season, the trouble is his notorious temper has scared away all potential suitors, so Cassandra asks Ruark to pretend to court her, in the hopes that this will encourage other gentlemen to pursue her. For his part, Ruark is tormented by memories of their kiss, but he promised his father on his deathbed that he would not marry until he was at least 30 years old, so he cannot form an attachment to Cassandra before that date, especially since she is his best friend's little sister (I really don't get this aspect of bro-code, if he's a great guy then why wouldn't you want him to marry your sister, and if he isn't why are you hanging around with him?). Argh! I tried I really did, but Ruark's promise to his father was so asinine and he couldn't even really commit to it, he and Cassandra behave inappropriately at every opportunity, even getting caught kissing in a cupboard during a game of hide-and-seek FFS! I am happy to turn a blind eye to the morals of the time in the interests of romance but the sheer hypocrisy of Ruark knowing his sister was compromised, perhaps ruined by being seen kissing a man when he had done much more and got away with it was a step too far in a book that wasn't really grabbing me anyway. I enjoyed the first two books in this series and would be interested in reading the next book (if, as I assume, it features Ruark's scholarly sister), but this didn't do it for me and I gave up at 50%. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Kristen Lewendon
January 12, 2022
I adored Cassandra! She was that rarest of strong heroines who was able to be both fierce and kind. And I think she was exactly the kind of heroine Ruark needed. Someone without her backbone of steel, and he would have unwittingly walked all over her. Someone without her inherent sense of self worth, and he wouldn't have valued her enough to see the treasure he had found. Someone without her sweetness, and he wouldn't have been tempted long enough to overcome his father's deathbed promise. I spent this book alternating between wanting to smack Ruark upside his head and wanting to hug the stuffing out of him, he so easily managed to both frustrate me and break my heart. I loved his epiphany moment, when he finally realized what all his feelings for Cassandra meant. Now, I’m desperate to find out the truth about Prudence’s disappearance. I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley.
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Lori Dykes
October 26, 2021
London 1815 Her fate was sealed, although she had not idea... It only took one kiss, one that could not be forgotten! She was determined to pick her own husband, and not let her father choose as he had threatened. Of course it did hot help that her father was so intimidating and could run off a potential match in a second. She asked her brother's good friend to dance with her and pretend interest, hoping it would spur other gentlemen to pursue her. He had vowed not to marry until her turned thirty and he was still a couple of years away.. But when she had approached him, he decided he would help her. But how could he quit dwelling on that kiss? A delightful journey to finding true love, even when it seems impossible!
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