Carver Danforthe, Earl of Everscham, has a reputation of being a wild rogue—not for indulging the ambitions of his sister’s maid.
But Molly Robbins’ unique dress designs have caught the eye of society’s elite, and if it means her own dress shop, Molly will make a deal with the devil himself—or his proxy, the notoriously naughty earl.
But becoming his mistress is not a part of their arrangement. It’s right there in the contract’s small print: No Tomfoolery. Until he proposes a scandalous new addendum to their contract…
As one of eleven children born to poor but hardworking parents…
And right from the start, showing a touch of Northanger Abbey, I was won over with a bit of realism in this Regency romp!
It seems that, apart from the likes of Lisa Kleypas, my favourite historical romance authors tend to feature a little further down the scale of success. With this fourth instalment of the Sydney Dovedale series, Jayne Fresina has earned herself a new fan.
I’ve never read anything by this author before, but you certainly wouldn’t feel swamped by starting this series with the fourth book. I really appreciate how well the author has kept her storylines separate from each other. This could just as easily have been the first book.
I tend to prefer more serious books, and both the cover and title gave me pause before starting (also, why is it these men always seem to be losing their shirts?!), but I was quickly proven wrong. This book is so very, properly British, and so is a great deal of fun. It’s not silly from start to finish, however. I really loved the believable shift our heroine makes from plain country maid to the love interest of an earl.
The Mouse had drunk in every joking word he’d said and drawn up a contract in workmanlike fashion, also producing a copy so they could both keep one. Several misspellings and some odd punctuation, he noted, but for a country girl with no formal education, she had a neat hand.
I can’t say I love class-jumping in historical romance in most instances because I find it completely unbelievable, but somehow this author sold me on the story. I also can’t claim to be a big fan of Plain Jane gets the hot, rich guy storylines, but I was sold on that trope here, too.
This was a funny, sweet, completely engaging book. I will be reading more from this author.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.