Review- Reforming Lord Ragsdale by Carla Kelly

Title: Reforming Lord Ragsdale

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Carla Kelly

Publisher: Cedar, 2012, from Signet 1995

Source: Kindle $2.99

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from

Emma Costello owes a debt of honor to one of the most dishonorable lords in the realm. The infamous Lord Ragsdale is as rich as sin, as sinful as he is rich, and as heartless as he is handsome. But after he saves Emma from a life of indentured servitude and shame, she decides that it is her personal duty to save him from his reckless ways . . . without falling in love.


This was my first Carla Kelly novel and she has written many.  I was so impressed at how historically accurate it was and how she brought to life the era with her plot and dialog.  There was a good deal of suspense that unfolded along with the romance.

The story is of an unlikely alliance of an Irish servant woman with a peer of the realm.    She has a troubled past that is uncovered slowly throughout the story.  He has a troubled past and is in need of overcoming a tragedy.  Together they help each other.

The writing is top notch, the characterization is top notch, the story is wonderful and the only thing lacking is a bit of romantic steam.  This was an exceptionally good read.





Filed under Book review, Historical Romance

2 responses to “Review- Reforming Lord Ragsdale by Carla Kelly

  1. mo

    I have been eyeing this for a while. I haven’t read a Carla Kelly book yet, but I saw this and liked the premise. I’ll have to give it a go.

    I don’t mind a traditional regency romance. I just recently finished Lady Elizabeth’s Comet by Sheila Simonson, which was low on steam, but I didn’t care because everything else was so wonderful.


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