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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Review: My Fair Lord by Wilma Counts


Print Length: 222 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Press (October 17, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: Well-bred, well-dressed, and well-read, Henrietta, Harriet, and Hero are best friends who have bonded over good books since their schooldays. Now these cultured ladies are ready to make their own happy endings—each in her own way . . .

Lady Henrietta Parker, daughter of the Earl of Blakemoor, has turned down many a suitor for fear that the ton’s bachelors are only interested in her wealth. But despite the warnings of her dearest friends, Harriet and Hero, she can’t resist the challenge rudely posed by her stepsister: transform an ordinary London dockworker into a society gentleman suitable for the “marriage mart.” Only after a handshake seals the deal does Retta fear she may have gone too far . . .

When Jake Bolton is swept from the grime of the seaport into the elegance of Blakemoor House, he appears every inch the rough, cockney working man who is to undergo Retta’s training in etiquette, wardrobe, and elocution. But Jake himself is a master of deception—with much more at stake than a drawing room wager. But will his clandestine mission take second place to his irresistible tutor, her intriguing proposal . . . and true love?


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This was one of those unfortunate stories that is fairly forgettable. I liked that the author chose to include a "spy" aspect in the story, even if sometimes it felt more "historical spy" novel and less "historical romance" novel. I liked the chemistry such as it was between the two main characters, however I do feel like Jake should have been more honest with her. Technically, she does enter the bet under false pretenses, and it would have served him right if her sister had declared her a loser, even though Henrietta herself did not know the truth. 

I did think there were some aspects of this story that were a little too "out there" to be believable. To begin with, I find it very hard to believe that even with him being the third son of a Duke, none of their friends from the ton recognized him. Regardless of the fact he had been gone for awhile, someone still should have recognized him. I also find it hard to believe that her aunt was so accommodating of her plan. Throughout the story, it is repeatedly brought up how much scandal there would be if their plan were found out, however, that doesn't seem to deter those who should "know better". 

Overall, I am sure this story appeal to those who enjoy a well written historical romance novel that includes something a little less traditional. I would read more from this author.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                 My Fair Lord is available from Amazon.com

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