With one season left for Lady Abigail to find a husband, now is certainly not the time to lose her head…or her heart.
No one would mistake Lady Abigail for a delicate wallflower. In fact, she’s more like the gardener’s shears. But with her parents’ ultimatum still ringing in her ears, “Choose a husband now or we’ll choose for you,” Lady Abigail is desperate. Luckily Major Mayfield is the perfect bait to help her lure her prey. There’s only one problem. He wants nothing to do with her. But a little adversity never stopped her. This is her last chance and she means to make it work. Even if it means playing nice…for once.
Major Mayfield has no interest in the belle of the ball, and even less in a lady who is spoiled rotten. He’s already chosen the perfect lady…it’s just too bad he can’t seem to remember her name when Lady Abigail is nearby. But that’s only because she is so very irritating. And clever. And, of course, everyone knows that she has beauty in spades. No, what the major finds so intriguing is the rare glimpse of her true nature when she thinks no one is watching. The more he digs, the more he’s stunned to find…she’s more than a diamond in the rough. In fact, she might just be a diamond of the first water.
Ok, first up – this book is part of a series. Not only that, it is the last book in the series. This, and I cannot stress this enough, was NOT MADE CLEAR in the Amazon description of the book. Unlike some other series, this book should not be read on its own as it is about the redemption of female villain of the other books (at least that’s what I took away from the book).
So, once you’ve read about her redemption, how can you possibly go back and read the other books where she is apparently quite horrible? You can’t. Well at least, you can’t if you’re me, which is a shame because I really liked this book and I think I would have really liked the other four books in the series.
Abigail has obviously had a tough (albeit privileged) upbringing and is doing the best she can to survive in the London Ton with an abusive mother and distant father. She’s obviously done some fairly mean things in the past but her journey to redemption is shown beautifully in this book. She’s got an amazing amount of courage as well – not just in physically going to parties where she’s not precisely welcome but emotionally as well.
I didn’t experience the same strength of feeling with Alex, Major Mayfield. Everything just seemed to fall into his lap. Yes, he had to overcome some ill-feeling from his friends towards Abigail but he certainly didn’t have to do the same sort of emotional work that she did.
By the way, I’m assuming this is a Regency romance both because it’s in the sub-title of the book and because Alex is reported as recently returned from war. There aren’t any other of the ‘usual’ markers though to indicate that, so you may wish to treat this more as a sweet historical romance than a traditional Regency romance novel.
And the HEA?
Ultimately though I guess you want to know – did I feel the HEA was right? Was I left with a warm and fuzzy feeling or wishing I could get my money back?
To be honest, I’m conflicted about this HEA. Whilst I think Abigail deserved to find a hero, I don’t know if Alex was in fact that hero and the epilogue didn’t exactly inspire me with confidence for poor Abigail’s happiness.
I have recommended the book because I really liked the authors’ style of writing and because I really liked Lady Abigail’s character arc but it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I will be seeking out other books by these two though I’ll be researching a bit more carefully whether they’re part of a series or not first!
Still interested? You can buy this book on Amazon