Title: Miss Frazer’s Adventure
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Alexandra Ivy (Debbie Raleigh)
Publisher: Lyrical Press, August 2, 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Dear Reader, Long before I wrote my sexy paranormal romances, I wrote traditional Regency romances as Debbie Raleigh. Now I’m thrilled to have them made available once more, as fresh and adventurous as ever… To avoid the taint of her mother’s scandalous reputation, Miss Kate Frazer stifles her naturally high spirits to become a model of propriety. But when she is rewarded with a suitor who cares only for her dowry—and leaves her waiting at the altar on her wedding day—Kate determines that she will live as she chooses. Her first adventure will be a trip to London under an assumed name to enjoy the city’s delights. And woe to anyone who stands in her way—particularly her fiancé… Lucius Calfield wasn’t looking forward to wedlock with the tediously suitable Kate Frazer. Still, he is chagrined when a violent storm makes him late for the ceremony. But embarrassment turns to astonishment when he finds that his fiancée has vanished entirely! And that is the least of the surprises his unaccountably changed—and unexpectedly irresistible bride—has in store…
This is not your current day Historical Romance. There are no dastardly villains and not very much angst. Oh sure, Kate’s decision to jilt Luce causes him angst, but it really doesn’t translate to the reader. I didn’t dislike this story but I did find it slow and a bit tedious. We are never quite sure of Lord Thorne’s intentions toward Kate so we don’t know if we should dislike him or champion him. Perhaps he is a better match for our heroine. Luce does need Kate’s dowry so there is no denying that aspect and perhaps she is correct in thinking he only wants her for her money. That she agrees to go off with him to Brighton is a bit implausible since she has been adamant about having him leave her alone. The falling-in-love is a bit too slick.
The dialog was believable and seemed to fit the period which is always a plus for me. I got a true feeling of regency London and the entertainments it afforded a young woman. So, yes, this read was just a little better than “okay”.