I don’t like Regency. Never have. I have never watched an episode of Downton Abbey because my eyes would probably bleed out. That being said, Raven McAllan knows this about me and is rather determined to change my view on the genre one book at a time. It might happen. But only with her. I’ll admit, I actually enjoyed this book.
We have Theresa who is our courtesan in this story. While it’s hard to wrap my head around a heroine who’s a prostitute, I really liked her. Plus, she’d decided to give up the profession. Then we have Jaime, or James Howard Edward Rushton, Earl of Rushton. He is a ladies man, a rake. There are lots of other English words I didn’t know.
So the premise is that Jamie has Lady Strawbridge trying to push her daughter on him for marriage. His mummy is on board with the idea. Then we have Theresa who has a slimy, awful man named Percival Prendergast whose rather determined she marry him, like it or not. So Jamie and Theresa get together to convince everyone that they are a couple.
The usual class issues pop up with the Ton, and the happy couple end up feeling for one another. Of course, they do have Percy as well as Jamie’s mummy and clan to deal with. Despite the fact I didn’t know what a bunch of the words meant (fun times with the dictionary on my e-reader), I still enjoyed the story. Raven obviously enjoys the genre. You can tell by how well this is written. I may not be a regency fan, but I am a Raven McAllan fan, and she wrote a wonderful story.
FROM MULTI-PUBLISHED ROMANCE AUTHOR RAVEN MCALLAN
Book one in the Daring Ladies series
Once a courtesan, not always a courtesan. It’s time to move on, and who better to do it with than a rake?
Theresa Kyle, ex-courtesan, will not kowtow to any man in marriage, let alone an odious ex-pupil. When the man rejects her refusal of his proposal, she reluctantly agrees to seek help.
Jamie, the Earl of Weston, is in a fix of his own. The marriage mart is not for him, let alone a compulsory wedding due to the machinations of his mother.
A mutual friend seems to have the perfect solution. The earl and the courtesan—what better way to foil those who want to see them married against their wills?
Alas, the best-laid plans go awry, for neither had expected to fall in love. Needless to say, as far as Jamie is concerned, being a member of the aristocracy comes in handy when you need to bend the rules to your will. Convincing Theresa, however, may well be harder than winning over the ton.