Release Date: Feb 23, 2021
Series: Union of the Rakes
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
This book… oh, this book.
This is the final book in Eva Leigh’s Union of the Rakes series, and it may be my favorite one so far. The final story takes its inspiration from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, primarily. Though there are other lovely eighties movies referenced as well.
We have our heroine, the Dowager Countess Beatrice Farris. She’s finally free from a loveless marriage and is determined to do all the things she’s always wanted to do. No more taking days for granted or being beholden to other opinions and beliefs. Farris don’t give a f**k, Farris does what she wants. I love her. She’s the embodiment of the person I want to be who finds beauty in everything and hasn’t met a stranger that doesn’t have an interesting story. She may be upper class, but she doesn’t look her nose down on people from other classes, colors, or choices. The only thing she has an issue with is when a man tries to tell her what’s good for her.
Enter the gruff, no-nonsense Major Duncan McCameron. Recently returned from the continent and fought in the Napoleonic Wars. He’s a third son with no direction and feeling a little lost on purpose. He’s got some interesting notions about things too, but nothing too harmful to make him dislikable (is that a word?). Secretly this hunk of Scot, who’s been mistreated by a woman before, longs for someone to belong to as much as he wishes for a purpose. It seems though that no one wants him… at least not for the long haul.
When McCameron is asked to escort Lady Farris to a weeklong house party of sexual debauchery, he does so with the understanding as he is doing a favor for his friend. Lady Farris doesn’t want a babysitter and soon enough what is supposed to be a simple two or three day trip becomes a week long adventure that even Bueller would have been shocked by. From rainstorms, weddings, country dances, and follies McCameron and Farris fall into each other and for each other. Each disaster further brings them together because the only way to get where either of them want to go is by teaming up.
Of course, that leads to some fabulous bedroom romps, and a tavern scene worth biting your knuckles for. I won’t give any more details there, but this little adventure is the kind of Ferris and Cameron fanfic I’ve been waiting for. That’s what this is. And Sloane, who? The conflict is rife between internal and external. The grand gesture is absolutely swoon worthy. The final scenes wrapping up this whole series made me a little sad that this is the end of our Union of the Rakes books. Though, the series continues to enrich the world of historical England that Leigh has cultivated. I can’t wait to see the layer she plans to add next.