Jade Lee delivers Regency readers into a setting rarely seen with this lively historical. Bluebell Ballenger is a departure from the average Regency Miss with her rural upbringing and commerce-minded existence. Her quick mind and kind heart won me over almost immediately although she was definitely not what I was expecting. Bram Hallowsby was also not what I was expecting for the leading man, it wasn't so much his illegitimacy after all, he is not the first Regency gentleman to be born on the wrong side of the blanket but he is such an odd mixture of ton rules and outsider that I felt as if I was always guessing at where he belonged and just what he was thinking. The supporting characters were all well-developed and entertaining in their own right. The setting was not the usual London drawing room or even country estate but it was vivid and amazingly energetic. This story was definitely something different and while admittedly I was indeed looking forward to a traditional Regency romance this animated adventure kept me turning pages just to see what would happen next. This author has a fantastic gift with breathing life into her characters, I believe I shall be checking out some of the other books from the Rakes and Rogues series. If you enjoy your historicals with a delightfully dazzling edge this is one for you.
Maybelle Ballenger wants to be acknowledged by high-society and she's determined to be the lady she was born to be. Bramwell Hallowsby has spent his life on the outskirts of the ton, the illegitimate son of a Duke he doesn't fit in anywhere, so he plans to help the beautiful young country girl get what she deserves, even if he has to walk away from her himself.
USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee continues her saucy, vibrant Rakes and Rogues Regency romance series with a high-society outsider who may have met his match...
A brown-eyed bastard with nothing to lose
As the illegitimate son of a duke, Bramwell Wesley Hallowsby grew up tough, on the fringes of society, learning to hide his hurt and cynicism with charm and Town polish. He's carved out a place for himself as a mercenary, serving as bodyguard and general strong arm for the peerage. Bram has nothing to lose... and he's exactly what Maybelle "Bluebell" Ballenger needs.
Meets his match in a blue-eyed beauty with everything to hide
Maybelle needs a mentor to teach her to speak and act like a lady, so she can claim the place in society she was denied. As they team up to take on the ton, Bram knows she's hiding something even from him. Despite the deception he sees behind those sparkling blue eyes, Bram wants to believe that Maybelle's love is no lie. But it seems fate has served him up his just desserts in the likes of this determined damsel.