Basically, one of Adrian's sons, Benedict, had *caused* a girl to kill herself from unrequited love. Her brother wants vengeance now. And what better way to get it than by seducing his sister and ruining her life?
The very beginning of this story is the reason why it doesn't rate higher. I had a big issue with what our hero does to the heroine. He, indirectly, ruins her life. And if that wasn't enough, he wants to come back to finish the job.
Except Lucien de Malheur wasn't planning on Miranda's spark, her personality, and the fact that she doesn't run and hide from him in disgust because of his disfigurement. He has an ugly scar on his face, he walks with a limp. He exaggerates most of it to keep people on edge. He is The Scorpion after all, and has a reputation to uphold.
I loved this book! With the exception of my issue at the beginning, Lucien tried really hard to be the biggest asshole ever, and still managed to make himself endearing to me. And Miranda gave as good as she got.
What happened to the Heavenly Host you ask? Not mentioned a lot in this book. Adrian Rohan was one of the few Rohans left that took part in the Heavenly Host festivities. Now his sons do not participate in those acts, and the Heavenly Host still exists, just under non-Rohan supervision. Even so, it still plays a small part in this book.
This book was a bit darker, almost like the first book in the series, except I like Lucien de Malheur more. I can't wait to see where this series will go from here, who could be next?