I had to stop and think for a while before deciding what rating to give this book. For over 50% of the book, I just felt that the hero was a total jerk. Lord Sebastian Trevarre has returned from the military to begin breeding his horses. At least that was the plan. Instead he finds that his titled older brother has gambled everything away, sold his horses, and the family townhouse in London, and rented out the estate he had planned to use as a breeding farm. Of course, he can't confront him because he has left the country. To try to make money to pay debts and buy back his horses, he goes to Bath and plays for heavy stakes. There he wins the estate of Julia Faircloth's father and to help them out (and himself because he needs a meek and mild bride!), he proposes to Julia's younger sister. Julia concocts a (ludicrously stupid!) plot to marry him herself. Stuck with a bride that he doesn't want, he sets off for his crumbling estate in Cornwall. I didn't like Sebastian for over half the book because he was so stubborn and abrasive. I can't say that I really liked Julia that much, either. The plot was okay but predictable. This isn't a bad book but it just isn't the book that I was expecting after so many glowing reviews. I'm not interested in reading any more of the series.
Sexual situations may offend some readers