Hell in a Hand Basket by Annabelle Anders is book Two in the "Devilish Debutantes" series.
I have read the previous book (and loved it!) "Hell Hath No Fury", but feel you can make this a standalone book if you choose to do so.
Captain Devlin Brookes has sold his commission after being in service for about eleven years and has bought property near Surrey, Dartmouth Place which he has coveted for most of his life. Dev who is nephew of a Duke is thinking of taking the next step in addition to buying property is to take a wife.
Just as that thought entered his mind he came upon an accident that Sophia Babineaux was involved in. Dev helped to save Sophia and her dog Peaches. Dev did steal some kisses from Sophia during the rescue and wondering if she wouldn't be the women to court.
Sophia is a smart caring women who didn't know anything of sparks when kissing a man so when Lord Harold Brookes asked her to marry him a while back she was content. But after her encounter with Dev she knows there is more out there than what she first thought. Harold has never drawn these feelings forward as Dev has. Harold hasn't even kissed her and only does an air kiss to her hand. With Dev he makes her feel that he would die without her touch.
I so loved the first book in this series but I might have to lean toward this one being my favorite. I just know I cannot wait for more books from this author!!