A new series from Ashlyn Macnamara is on the blog today…this one somehow got lost in the shuffle. Apologies to the author for my not getting to the first in the Duke-Defying Daughters series sooner. Please read on for my review of
To Lure a Proper Lady
In this book we are introduced to the three sisters Lizzie, Caro and Philippa, daughters of a hypochondriacal duke who is determined that they all shall marry, and marry well. But, chronically claiming illness, this time when summoned the girls are shocked to see their father is wan and unusually haggard. Suspecting poison, Lizzie decides that she needs help in finding who the culprit is, she sets out to find a Bow Street Runner.
Dysart is less trusting of the tonne, but finds the case intriguing. While his own backstory is a bit muddled and one may instantly see that he is more confident and comfortable in the shadowy areas, his intelligence is easily discovered, and we learn (as does Lizzie) about his story and his honorable, if rather rigid, stance on his place in the world.
Quickly the twists and turns happen with much discussion of ‘who could’ be the culprit, but I don’t think that much investigating really happened. The chemistry between the two, so well suited, was the highlight, and all else fell to the side. While introduced, Lizzie’s sisters were merely drawn and lightly colored in, but enough interest is sparked, I think, to wish to know more.
Lizzie was a woman of her time: sheltered from the world but able to plan a soiree for 100 and a 12-course meal as easily as putting on stockings in the morning. This does come into play in the story where her natural curiosity and naiveté contrast with an almost overeager side that appeared in more sensual scenes, showing some unevenness in her character that is to be noted, but not necessarily takes from the overall arc of their romance. More troublesome is the sketched in secondary characters that didn’t allow for much of the familial feel that one would expect, nor a sense of danger or menace from the villain. An intriguing read that should give readers of historical romance some diversion and a new story.
Title: To Lure a Proper Lady
Author: Ashlyn Macnamara
Genre: British, Historical Romance, Mystery Elements, Victorian
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 29 March, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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When Lady Elizabeth Wilde and her sisters are summoned once again to their chronically anxious father’s deathbed, she’s shocked to find that his worries are at last justified. He’s terribly ill, and Lizzie suspects poison. But when she seeks help from the Bow Street Runners, her request is answered by a rough-hewn rogue known only as Dysart. Though his irreverent charm by turns shocks and captivates her, a man of Dysart’s background is an altogether inappropriate choice for a duke’s daughter—isn’t he?
Although Dysart has his reasons to disdain polite society, the promise of supplemental income from a noble’s coffers is too tempting to deny. But if Dysart means to apprehend the culprit who poisoned the duke, he’ll need to avoid any and all distractions—like the delicious swish of Lady Elizabeth’s hips. Yet as the investigation begins to unearth secrets he’d rather remain hidden, Dysart must decide at a moment’s notice whether to hold Elizabeth at arm’s length . . . or pull her dangerously close.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.