In this second book in the series, Lady Gillian Marley has to marry before her birthday in order to inherit a great fortune. A widow herself, Gillian only seeks a marriage of convenience this time when she is still in love with her deceased husband. With the "help" of her two childhood friends, Kit and Robin, who have given her a list of bachelors, Gillian decides on Richard Shelton, the reformed but poverished Earl of Shelbrooke. He is after all, top on her husband list.
Other than the Effington/Shelton series, I have not read any of her other books. The heroes in these four books however have a common trait of silliness in them when it comes to matters of heart. Depending on how you view it, one can laugh at their confused state of mind when the hero falls in love and resort to childish actions or to feel quite unbearable.
While in a few circumstances in Richard's and Gillian's merrychase provide some laughs, I prefer the friendships in the book. The moments when Gillian is with Robin and Kit or when Richard and his best friend, Thomas (who also happens to be Gillian's elder brother) are together are my favourite. Not the best in this series nor the last in the list.