Review & Contest: Surprising Lord Jack by Sally MacKenzie

Surprising Lord Jack by Sally MacKenzie
Series: Duchess of Love (# 2)
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher:  Zebra
Pages: 343
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review

Frances Hadley has managed her family’s estate for years. So why can’t she request her own dowry? She’ll have to go to London herself and knock some sense into the men interfering in her life. With the nonsense she’s dealt with lately, though, there’s no way she’s going as a woman. A pair of breeches and a quick chop of her red curls, and she’ll have much less to worry about…

Jack Valentine, third son of the famous Duchess of Love, is through being pursued by pushy young ladies. One particularly determined miss has run him out of his own house party. Luckily the inn has one bed left—Jack just has to share with a rather entertaining red-headed youth. Perhaps the two of them should ride to London together. It will make a pleasant escape from his mother’s matchmaking melodrama!

 

Review: I’ve been a Sally MacKenzie fan for years… ever since I picked up the first book in her Naked series. So when this title crossed my desk, I knew I had to read it… and I wasn’t disappointed.

I think what draws me most to Ms MacKenzie’s writing is the humor. She finds ways to put her characters in insane situations and then just inject enough laughs while making it seem plausible. In this tale, we have Frances heading to London to talk to the family solicitor to get her hands on her dowry. But as an unwed female, she makes the trip dressed as a boy. She stops at an inn during her trip and ends up sharing a room with Jack. Jack ends up taking this “boy” under his wing to get him to London safely. Of course, things aren’t going to go smoothly.

Jack is a hero that is actually pretty common in today’s romance books. He appears to be a rogue to society at large, but is hiding who he really is. I did like that in Jack’s case, he’s not the typical spy. Saying more would spoil the book as it’s a pretty big part of the plot. Jack is probably a little too good to be true, but he has to be to deal with Frances.

Frances is headstrong and independent in a time when that is looked down upon. I love the fact that she traveled to London as a boy and tried to take control of her life. But she was the character in this book that I just wanted to shake and tell her to open her eyes at to what was in front of her. But Frances and Jack did work as a couple in the end.

Is this my favorite Sally MacKenzie title? No. But I did enjoy it and am looking forward to the next book in the Duchess of Love series.

 

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16 thoughts on “Review & Contest: Surprising Lord Jack by Sally MacKenzie

  1. Anne says:

    Frances Hadley sounds unique, and special since she is determined to live the life that she deserves and wants. Humorous writing and great characters are interesting.

  2. Barbara Elness says:

    I love Sally MacKenzie’s books and I’ve always enjoyed the premise of a young lady masquerading as a man. There’s always lots of fun to be had with that as part of the story.

  3. Sebella Blue says:

    When I decide to read a historical, I try to make sure the heroine is not a weak kneed ninny. I get the feeling that Frances would not be classified as a ninny. I also like the fact that Jack is not the eldest son, it gives him just a little more leeway to have an adventure. * wink wink*

  4. JoAnne_M says:

    I enjoy historical romances so this would be a nice fit. She is a new to me author. Thanks for sharing.

  5. June M. says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book because I have always enjoyed reading stories where one of the characters was pretending to be someone they are not, especially if the heroine is pretending to be a male. The stories tend to be funny, especially if the hero is attracted to the “boy” and upset by it, lol.

  6. Anita H. says:

    I’ve loved Sally’s books since I started reading her Naked Nobility series. I like that her books are humorous, I can only imagine what kind of trouble a young lady pretending to be a boy could get into on her way to London 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Kathleen O says:

    I have never read a Sally McKenzie book, but I like the story of this one and I could become a fan.

  8. martha lawson says:

    This book looks really great! I love a book that humor in it, and from the sound of it this one has plenty. Can’t wait to read it.

  9. Chelsea B. says:

    I think I’d really like to start this series. It sounds fun. I’ve heard good things about this author. I’m looking forward to giving her a try!

  10. BookLady says:

    I love historical romance with a headstrong and independent woman, especially if she has a sense of humor.

  11. Carol L says:

    Sally is new ti me but I’m looking forward to reading Surprising Lord Jack. I enjoyed reading the blurb. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L

  12. Joanne B says:

    I love books with strong heroines. I can’t wait to read what happens when Jack realizes he has to share a bed with Frances, who isn’t the “entertaining red-headed youth” he thinks she is. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. “With the nonsense she’s dealt with lately, though, there’s no way she’s going as a woman”. This already says she is a fiesty woman and will get what she wants in her terms. Appreciate the giveaway.

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