One realization about series---people want to see characters from other books in the series, but once their story has been told, readers want a new couple to read about. Cara Bristol does this well with her Rod and Cane Society books. Each one is a stand alone about a different couple, but with cameo appearances by some of our old friends.
I was also sad that this book didn't do as well as the first book because, frankly, I think this one is better. It's a story about friendship and gossip and not so much a love story.
Blurb: She's back and she's in trouble.
After a summer in the country Lady Katherine and her husband, Thomas, return to London to participate in all the festivities available to a Lord and his Lady. The scandal that forced them to marry is long forgotten and they are at the top of the social ladder.
In addition to the pleasures of an active social life, Lady Katherine is thrilled to learn that the friend who abandoned her in her time of need, Lady Lorena Arnold, is now the subject of a salacious scandal. Katherine can hardly believe her good fortune when she observes Lady Arnold en route to a tryst. But, before she can share the juicy tidbit with the other ladies of the ton, her husband lays down the law: No Gossip.
Will Katherine be able to keep her tale to herself? And if not, will her tail be at risk of a brisk spanking from the stern but loving Lord Winchester?