Title: The Unlikely Lady
Genre: Historical romance
Author: Valerie Bowman
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, May 5, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
FOR THE BACHELOR AND THE BLUESTOCKING…
Certain that no man wants a bluestocking for a wife, Miss Jane Lowndes is careful to wield her books and her spectacles as weapons against matrimony. Convincing her ambitious mama that she’s content to stay a spinster is easier said than done, however. It’s a good thing Jane is not above a bit of manufactured scandal if it will keep her from the altar, and the argumentative, contrary Lord Garrett Upton… ROMANCE IS NEVER BY THE BOOK With the war over, Garrett is determined to enjoy his bachelor’s life while he can, even when it means attending a house party in celebration of a friend’s wedding–and suffering Jane’s notorious disdain. But when a masquerade ball leads to a mistaken kiss, he’s surprised to learn that Jane’s bookish exterior hides a truly passionate soul. When two such headstrong people are determined to remain unattached, can love lead to a happy ending?
If you are looking for a lighthearted romance with some steamy kisses and more than you have come to the right book. Jane and Garrett are two of the most likeable protagonists in romance. She is a deep intellectual who discovers her passionate side and he is the thoughtful pseudo-rake who suddenly is captivated by a woman he thought he didn’t like.
Ms Bowman has given us delightful characters all around. Jane’s two friends, Lucy and Cass, are fun to watch in action as they devise plans to bring our hero and heroine together. The dialog between Jane and friends rings true to close friendship and between Jane and Garett the bantering is humorous.
This is the third book featuring the same cast of characters; THE UNEXPECTED DUCHESS, Lucy’s story, THE ACCIDENTAL COUNTESS, Cass’ story. This book can be read as a standalone.
I recommend this book to those who like warm hearted, humorous romance.