FOR THE BACHELOR AND THE BLUESTOCKING…
Certain that no man wants a bluestocking for a wife, Miss Jane Lowndes is careful to wield her books and her spectacles as weapons against matrimony. Convincing her ambitious mama that she’s content to stay a spinster is easier said than done, however. It’s a good thing Jane is not above a bit of manufactured scandal if it will keep her from the altar, and the argumentative, contrary Lord Garrett Upton…
ROMANCE IS NEVER BY THE BOOK
With the war over, Garrett is determined to enjoy his bachelor’s life while he can, even when it means attending a house party in celebration of a friend’s wedding–and suffering Jane’s notorious disdain. But when a masquerade ball leads to a mistaken kiss, he’s surprised to learn that Jane’s bookish exterior hides a truly passionate soul. When two such headstrong people are determined to remain unattached, can love lead to a happy ending?
I read the first book in this series, and now this one. I think it might be better to read them in order, but you could get by with The Unlikely Lady on its own – sort of! I did enjoy this one more than the first.
Valerie Bowman’s historical romances are fun, but are definitely Regency-lite. The characters speak and act as though they’re from the twenty-first century, so if you’re fine with that style, then you’ll enjoy this series more than I do.
Some examples of the modern dialogue and attitudes:
No one could make him more angry more quickly than Jane Lowndes and her know-it-all female-equality attitude. Especially since he didn’t have a bloody problem with female equality.
“Seriously, Jane? Must we have the talk? I was under the impression you already knew a good deal about what goes on between a man and a woman behind closed doors.”
What was it about bluestockings and their complete lack of femininity? Would it kill her to show a bit of skin once in a while?
However, most of the mistakes with British English that usually distract me in historical romances were not here. I was impressed, and I’m going to give this one to the author, not the editors (who don’t seem to be very good with British English most of the time!). One thing: it’s special*i*ty. One more syllable than the across the pond!
I did think the three women, the heroines of the three books, did some incredibly immature and silly things. They’re more Lydia and Kitty Bennet and Maria Lucas than Elizabeth and Jane Bennet and Charlotte Lucas!
There is some really great fun to be had with this book, and the characters are for the most part very likeable. There are some sweet moments, and I do like a heroine with glasses (poor eyesight must have been really annoying in the past). What a pity the women are never allowed to have glasses on the covers.
If you’re more about wallpaper historicals than more serious and historically accurate books, then Valerie Bowman definitely has a lively writing style I’m sure you’ll find fun.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.