This one didn't work as well for me as the others in the series. I found Annabelle's character through most of the book quite annoying. She let her mom take the brunt of the abuse for her family instead of getting off her butt do do more about it in fighting for a suitor. I didn't feel the whole issue of her becoming a mistress seemed as big of a threat as she claimed it to me - she just seemed way too fussy and self absorbed in sitting in her corner at the dances. Simon was too good for her. Eventually, she came around to accepting that not having a title wasn't the end of the world, especially when you had money like Simon did.