I have been waiting for this book since I finished the first in the series. The stories are entwined but do stand on their own. Anne needs to get out of her father's home as he is hoping to remarry. She is waiting along with two friends to see who gets to move into Spinster House. Anne has no intention of ever allowing a man to tell her how she should live her life, and spinsterhood is the best solution. Her plans get derailed as she spends time with Lord Haywood. Nate is focused on protecting his friend Marcus from a curse that it is too late before he realizes that he is actually lonely. The two bond over two young boys who are to become Anne's stepbrothers. Seeing friends and family find a love that binds pushing them to acknowledge their own feelings. I definitely recommend this story as well as the series.