A Little Misunderstanding…
Kit, the Marquis of Ashton, is in a sticky wicket. He married young and for love–how naïve. He discovered his mistake the very day of his wedding, but he is saddled now with a wife he’s reluctant to trust. And however much evidence he gathers against faithless Jess, he can’t seem to prove her guilt to the final judge–his foolish heart.
Jessica knows she’s bobbled her marriage, however innocently. A fairytale wedding makes no difference if she hasn’t got the marquis charmed to show for it. Well, she’s had enough of accidental encounters with naked gentlemen and near misses explaining things to her husband. It’s time to buck up and go win her man back–even if she has to fight very dirty indeed.
First, I must comment on the cover. The heroine of this book has black hair. Her dog is supposed to be a big, scary thing capable of hurting the hero when he stood on his foot.
Loving Lord Ash is a wallpaper historical in the best sense of the term. It’s a romp that you will just want to keep on reading, and I loved every moment of it, but if you’re after a realistic historical romance, move straight on.
This is the third in a series. As ever, I’ve not read the earlier books. While I could tell when previous storylines were referred to, I think I did fine without knowing all the backstories.
Sally McKenzie writes well. Even as half of me was saying, This is so unrealistic!, the other half was saying, This is so much fun!
One interesting point is that not only the heroine, but also the hero is a virgin. I felt so sorry for them, both embarrassed about it, as she is twenty-eight and he thirty, and they’ve been married for years. Quite an unusual situation!
If you’re a stickler for realism, then you might have an issue with:
The heroine has violet eyes! She has no qualms about embracing naked men who aren’t her husband. Divorce is talked of like it was quite an easy and common thing to manage! Nobody has a problem with homosexuality (back then – seriously?). There’re massive coincidences and Big Misunderstandings at every turn.
On the other hand, the hero is fair-haired – not cut straight out of the regular old historical romance mould. And ARSE is spelt properly every time!
I’ve seen some early reviews for this book that were incredibly positive. If you’re someone who’s in it for the fun, then you’ll probably love it. If you prefer your heroines to be a little more historically accurate, then it might be a struggle.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.