Title: How to Deceive a Duke (Rebels with a Cause #2)
Author: Samara Parish
Publication date: January 25th, 2022
Fiona McTavish is an engineer, a chemist, a rebel—and no one’s idea of a proper lady. She prefers breeches to ballrooms, but her new invention—matches—will surely turn as many heads. There’s just a little matter of her being arrested for a crime she didn’t commit. And the only person she can turn to for help is the man who broke her heart years ago.
Edward Stirling, Duke of Wildeforde, will do anything to restore his family’s name and put his father’s scandalous death behind them. But when Fiona needs his help getting released from prison, he can’t deny her—even though it means she must live with him as a condition of her freedom. With the desire between them rekindling as fast as the gossip about their arrangement is spreading among the ton, Edward will have to choose what matters most to him—his reputation or his heart.
After finishing How to Survive a Scandal, I was so excited to see the next one followed Fiona and Edward’s love story. They had so few interactions in the first book but they leapt off the page and clearly had a very interesting and compelling backstory. And I was not disappointed with their story at all. Fiona is such a strong, independent woman in a time where that is not socially acceptable and Edward goes a long way to understand and accept her – even though he is a Duke and she is a commoner from Scotland. Fiona works in a factory, wears breeches, and is an inventor whereas Edward is obsessed with maintaining his family’s reputation and not moving a hair out of line (hence the broken engagement in the first book!).
I loved the underlying plot line of Fiona attempting to sell her invention of matches to distributors in London by herself, without a man. As much as it is frustrating to read about female oppression, Fiona was the type to not let it get her down or affect her and it gave me happiness to read and cancelled out the annoying parts that have to be included for historical accuracy. However, there were several times I just wanted to shake Edward because he was being such a MAN, ugh.
But he redeemed himself, oh how he redeemed himself.
Edward’s siblings also made this book so incredibly entertaining. I adored his sister and brother, and I am stoked the next book follows his sister’s love story with John. I’m very excited to read that one when it comes out and continue in the Rebels with a Cause series.
Thank you to Forever and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.
Happy reading, folks!