This was an ARC from NetGalley.
This is a delightful enemies-to-friends-to-lovers story featuring two characters at the fringes of high society. Lady Charlotte and Ethan are mocked and shunned by the Ton following an almost-scandal that took place nearly a decade before the story starts. Lottie blames Ethan for having had to flee London… and he blames himself too. Now she’s back to find a husband before her father marries her off to someone she’d rather avoid, and one of the first persons she runs into is a very repentant Ethan. Circumstances draw them together into an eventual fake engagement, and their newfound friendship soon turns to love.
My favorite aspect of Any Rogue Will Do was the characters themselves. Lottie is someone who has already experienced the worst society has to dish out, and now she returns as a confident woman who can handle herself in some very unsavory situations. For his part, Ethan has always been an outsider, a brawny Scot who inherited his title through a chaotic chain of events. Given his past history with Lottie, he could have come off as adversarial and stubborn; instead, he’s shown to be conscientious and not above asking Lottie for forgiveness several times and extending his offer to help her avoid marriage to Montague.
This is the start of what looks to be a great series, and I look forward to the next installment!