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.