3.5/5; 4 stars; B+This story is really about redemption but the reader has to go through quite a few squirmy uncomfortable moments to get to a point where they can see Lord Edmond actually being redeemable. There were quite a few points in the book when I thought he was such a jerk that it was hard to believe he could be saved. Mary Balogh gave some pretty good insight into how inflexible and hypocritical 'polite' society could be. Her characters have flaws but they are still likeable. This book is loosely connected to A Counterfeit Betrothal as Lady Mary Mornington was platonic friends for years with Lady Sophia's father, although everyone assumed they were lovers.