Lady in Waiting

Reluctant Brides, #1

"Lady In Waiting," was a true romantic gem as well as an equally splendid story that swept me off my feet. I certainly love whenever a historical-romance gives me butterflies within my stomach, "Lady In Waiting," was just such a book and I am completely overjoyed with the overall production of this story. The writing is enriched with vibrate, glistening details of a romance that definitely deserved a happy ending. Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about this book nor can I help to declare how much I loved this story.

I feel like with this novel that although the plot was very similar to what historical fans are used the story was penned in a different light. It might have been the rewarding romance that seemed to spill from page to page, it might have been how deeply involved I was able to become involved with this story, whatever the reasoning I did enjoy this plot and I did not mind the fact that I had read this comparable climax before. I will never grow weary of an old fashion romance in which the hero saves the heroine from a desperate, life-altering situation only to later declare his love for her.

As for the characters, both Clara and William were very likable characters. William, in the beginning I thought would have a beastly-like nature to him but he did not. William's portions of the book were not as opened as Clara as the heroine was much easier to read then William was. Yet, I still found William to be charming, sexy and above all else a gentlemen without the need to defy his reputation.

The only flaw that I think of with this novel is that a few of the scenes did stall for a lengthy about out time without much happening in those selective scenes and therefore felt a little unattended with the author. Other then, this small detail, however, I think this book is a wonderful romance that historical fans are sure to love.

Book Blurb for Lady in Waiting

She wants to escape her present . . .

When Clara Mayfield helps her sister elope, she’s prepared for the scandal to seal her fate as a spinster. What she doesn't expect is to find herself engaged to the vile Baron Rutherford as a means of salvaging her family's reputation. Determined not to be chained to a man she loathes, Clara slips out of Essex and sheds her identity: she becomes Helen, maid at the Earl of Ashworth’s country estate. After all, below stairs is the last place anyone would think to look for an heiress . . .

He wants to forget his past . . .

William, Lord Ashworth, is attempting to rebuild his life after the devastating accident that claimed the lives of his entire family, save his beloved sister and niece. Haunted by memories of what was and determined to live up to the title he never expected to inherit, William doesn’t have time for love. What he needs is a noble and accomplished wife, one who can further the Ashworth line and keep the family name untarnished . . .

Together, can they find the perfect future?

From their first encounter, the attraction between them is undeniable. But Clara knows William is falling for Helen, a woman who doesn’t even exist. The question is, if she reveals the truth about her identity, can she trust the broken William to forgive her lie and stand by her side when scandal—and the baron—inevitably follow her to his door?

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2018 4.50