This is book two in the "The Emperors of London" series. I have not read book one yet so for me this was a stand alone book. I enjoyed how the heroine and the hero grew.. it was a good story! The heroine is Sophia Russell who is the daughter of a wealth merchant and is looked at a lot by fortune hunters. Sophia didn't have any thought to marry but then a deal was set with our hero, Maximilian, Marquess of Devereaux. Max also didn't want to marry but had to do so... and in the end he was very glad of course he did. This starts their story of how their love grew and how they overcame so much!