by Melanie Dickerson
Length: 290 pages
File Size: 3480 KB
Pub Date: February 7, 2017
by Waterfall Press
Current ebook price: $4.99
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Leorah Langdon has no patience for Regency society’s shallow hypocrisy and unnecessary rules, especially for women. She’s determined to defy convention by marrying for grand passion instead of settling for a loveless union like her parents—or wedding a stuffy, pompous gentleman like Edward, the Viscount Withinghall. But when a chance meeting in the countryside leads to Leorah and Withinghall being discovered in his overturned carriage—alone and after dark—the ensuing gossip may force them together.
Withinghall has his reasons for clinging to propriety; his father perished in a duel with his mistress’s husband, and Edward must avoid scandal himself if he wants to become prime minister. He certainly has no time for a reckless hoyden like Miss Langdon. But soon the two discover that Withinghall’s coach “accident” was no such thing: the vehicle was sabotaged.
Can the culprit be brought to justice? Strong-willed Leorah and duty-driven Withinghall will have to work together if they have any hope of saving her reputation, his political career—and his life.
I have been a fan of Melanie Dickerson for a while now. I have read almost all of her medieval fairy tale retellings and was excited to find that she had written a Regency. Actually two; as this is book two, I can't wait to read book one! (It's no secret that I love a good Regency romance, I may be slightly obsessed with them, maybe...)
The story has a similar story line to Pride and Prejudice (of which I am a big fan). Our hero and heroine meet and clash from day one. Leorah is determined to dislike the stuffy viscount; Edward couldn't imagine any positive traits in the flighty miss Langdon. However, circumstances throw the two together often, and even place them in a compromising situation. They begin to see beyond the surface and realize that they may have been wrong about each other.
The added mystery element helps keep the story moving forward, and the dialog is fantastic. This is a great, light Regency for fans of Historical Romance.
Rating: 4 and 1/2 stars
*I borrowed this book as a part of my Kindle Unlimited Subscription, opinions are my own