Title: The Lady Travelers Guide To Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
Author: Victoria Alexander
Source: free for review from the publisher
Publisher: HQN books, June 1, 2017(preorder available)
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:
Really, it’s too much to expect any normal man to behave like a staid accountant in order to inherit the fortune he deserves to support the lifestyle of an earl. So when Derek Saunders’s favorite elderly aunt and her ill-conceived—and possibly fraudulent—Lady Travelers Society loses one of their members, what’s a man to do but step up to the challenge? Now he’s escorting the world’s most maddening woman to the world’s most romantic city to find her missing relative.
While India Prendergast only suspects his organization defrauds gullible travelers, she’s certain a man with as scandalous a reputation as Derek Saunders cannot be trusted any farther than the distance around his very broad shoulders. As she struggles not to be distracted by his wicked smile and the allure of Paris, instead of finding a lost lady traveler, India just may lose her head, her luggage and her heart.
We do eventually find the lost Aunt Heloise and that is what kept me finishing the book. India had a most annoying personality and Derek kept me wondering why he was becoming enamored of this impossible woman.
This is a long book that I kept putting down and picking up again after reading something else. It seemed to just drag for me. Since I was not fond of either the H or the h, I just didn’t care all that much. Can the author write a pretty phrase? Well of course she can! But that wasn’t enough to keep me interested in the story. This could have been a really good book if only it was shorter, and the protagonists were more likeable.