Review: How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels

How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels
Series: Tricks of the Ton (# 3)
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 320
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

“I want to know you, to understand anything at all about you, because you are the most maddening lady I have ever encountered.”

He’s the perfect gentleman…
After years hidden away from the mockery of the Ton, proud Andrew Clifton, Lord Amberstall, is finally ready to face Society again. But when his horse is injured on the road to London, Andrew finds himself literally thrown at the feet of the beautiful, infuriating, and undeniably eccentric Katie Moore.

…she’s anything but a lady.
Katie always preferred the stables to society, so when she was badly injured in a riding accident, she was more than happy to retreat to the countryside and give up the marriage mart for good. She never expected an infuriatingly proper lord to come tumbling into her life-and she certainly never expected to find herself wondering what it would be like to rejoin the world at his side.

They couldn’t be more different, and soon Andrew and Katie find themselves at odds about everything but the growing passion between them…and a keen awareness of a threat that may end their unconventional romance before it has even begun.

 

Review:  I was excited to pick up this title.  I had enjoyed the prior two books in the series and was interested in seeing where Ms Michels was going to go next.  She chose to tell the story of Andrew, Lord Amberstall who had made appearances in the prior books.

Andrew was hiding out after an embarrassing moment at a house party (which was played out earlier in the series).  But an urgent request from his mother has him returning home.  Unfortunately he has some thugs following him and in an attempt to elude them, he literally falls at Katie’s feet.  This is how How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less begins.  And I’ll admit, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to find out how the story was going to unfold.

Unfortunately, the book just wasn’t as memorable as I would have liked.  Katie was your typical anti-heroine.  Injured in a riding accident, left alone to her own devices, hiding from society… and then drawn back into society after meeting Andrew.  She is a good foil to Andrew since he demands perfection around him and she’s completely imperfect.  They connect with their love for horses, albeit reluctantly and sparks fly.  It was mildly entertaining to watch them circle each other, but for some reason it just didn’t really stick with me.

There were a few laugh out loud moments, such as a dinner party with the couple from their prior books in the series, and a touch of suspense.  But in the end I just felt a little underwhelmed.  The book can stand on its own, but can only be enriched if the earlier books have been read.  All-in-all, it’s a solid read, but I’m not sure it is one I’ll be coming back to in the future.