Series: Regency Unlaced #9
Published by Carole Mortimer on February 24th 2017
FINAL DECISION: This is a nice story that wraps up the series in a satisfactory fashion, but it is not among the best of the series. The length of the novella made the relationship too quick and the sexual relationship felt rushed. Good one time read.
THE STORY: Lord Daniel Somersby, Earl of Latham survived a miserable marriage. Since he has an heir, he has no intention of marrying again. Returning home, Daniel runs into a fight among his stable boys. The newest boy is causing trouble and something about his intrigues Daniel. Disguised as a boy, Lady Josephine Kendall is running from her cousin who has tried to sexually abuse her and marry her off to settle his gambling debts. Temporarily residing as a stablehand, Jo is fascinated by Daniel but trying desperately to maintain her disguise.
OPINION: This novella fits right into the rest of the series. The emphasis in the book is on the relationship between the characters and the plot does nothing more than serve that end. I appreciate books that focus on characters because that is the reason I love romances. This story is short so the character development is not too deep, but the story plays on some classic tropes that I enjoy. The woman disguised as a boy is always a fun one. Here Jo is a thorn to Daniel because he can’t seem to get her out of his mind despite believing her to be a boy. The story is straightforward and a quick read.
If you have read the others in the series, you should finish out with this one. There is a small payoff in the end.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book is the last in the series and gives a little peek at the other characters at the end.
CONNECTED BOOKS: TAMED BY THE EARL is the ninth book in the Regency Unlaced series. It can be read as a standalone although there is information about other characters.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.