Review: The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress by Erica Ridley

The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress by Erica Ridley
Series: Dukes of War (# 2)
Release Date: March 2, 2015
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Pages: 258
Source: book provided by the author for review



Captain Xavier Grey’s body is back amongst the beau monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn’t deserve it. Just like he doesn’t deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed…

Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man. Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey. She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from being his mistress. She could quote classical Greek by the age of four. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?



Review: What do you get when you take a headstrong bluestocking spinster and throw in a Captain that has just returned from the war a changed man? You get plenty of heat.

Ms. Ridley has given us a very sexy, funny and charming story that keeps the reader turning the pages because it is easy to relate to Jane and Xavier. They each bring some emotional baggage to the story that adds a bit of depth with the added realism that keeps you reading the story.

Jane feels that she is a little overweight and at twenty-four this spinster wants it all. She has decided it is time to take matters into her own hands and find the love, the passion and the sex any way and every way just like in the sketches she has studied. Jane has decided that Captain Grey is the perfect person to help her obtain these goals. After all he is not only incredibly sexy but she has had a crush on him for a long time.

To me this story had a different flair to it, because Jane decides to take on the task of doing the seducing instead of the man. It was rather comical how Capt. Grey did things to get the desirable Jane off of his mind even going to the extreme of chopping wood till there was no more to chop.

Compliments to Ms. Ridley on finding yet another way to portray an intelligent women; showing that smart girls want the same as everyone else…someone to not only have a one night stand with but a forever love. I enjoyed the characters lively funny way that they thought of life and each other. They kept the story very entertaining.

I look forward to the next story in Ms. Ridley’s Dukes of War series and I am going to get book one and see how it all starts. So find a comfy chair and settle in for an adventure you are sure to enjoy…with Jane as she sets out in what turns into a snowstorm (almost as if she had planned that also) in order to seduce that sexy Captain Grey.