Title: A Man Above Reproach
Genre: Historical Romance, late Regency
Author: Evelyn Pryce
Publisher: Montlake Romance, Oct. 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
In 1830s London, scandalous whispers surround the pub known as the Sleeping Dove, a hidden bordello catering to nobles eager to shed the trappings of their stations. Josephine Grant knows the rumors are true—she plays piano at the Dove and is known only as the “Bawdy Bluestocking” to the pub’s faithful.
The reluctant Duke of Lennox is called “The Uncatchable” by society ladies, not that he cares for them or their nicknames. Elias Addison’s estate was thrust upon him when his father died, and it has been little else but a burden.
When a friend brings him to the Sleeping Dove in an attempt to lighten his mood, the Duke of Lennox finds himself at the Bawdy Bluestocking’s piano, and together they begin to play a dangerous melody. Though Elias cannot resist courting her, she has a past to protect, a shaky future, and no time for frivolous nobility with soft hands. When the Duke uncovers the truth, will he wish he had never heard the tune?
Yes, this is predictable and has been done before but the writing here is very good and the character development is excellent. If we must stretch our disbelief about a Duke courting a supposed commoner than that is what we have done before and it is worth doing it again for the sheer pleasure of this book. I liked it, a lot. I enjoyed hours of escape from the daily mundane. It is a true romance lover’s delight. This new author has wonderful promise and I will look for her books in the future.
2013 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Romance
I like this cover. I know… he has all his clothes on…. but he is a Duke and a rather serious one at that.