Who would have thought a man could tire of being fawned over and flirted with? Ever since Cooper Townsend returned from France as a hero with a new title, he has been relentlessly pursued by every marriageable miss in London. Perhaps that’s why the unconventional Miss Daniella Foster is so appealing. She doesn’t simper or flatter. She only wants him to help unmask her sister’s blackmailer, and Coop has never been so intrigued…
Let every other woman in London fight over His Lordship’s romantic attentions. Marriage is the last thing on Dany’s mind…at least until she samples his illicit kisses. Now, as a mutual enemy races to ruin Coop’s reputation and Dany’s family name, an engagement of convenience will spark an unlikely passion that might save them both.
Review: I am happy to say this second book in the “Little Season” series is even more delightful than the first installment.
Cooper Townsend has returned from war with a hero’s welcome like no other, even having a title bestowed upon him, for all his efforts. The truth surrounding his heroic exploits have been slightly embellished upon with the truth being a highly guarded secret. But, with throngs of young ladies and their mothers fainting and swooning over him, his popularity is beginning to annoy him, and it has apparently made him the subject of a chapbook and a blackmail victim to boot.
Daniella Foster’s sister, Mari, needs the help of a hero, after foolishly exchanging notes with a secret admirer, in hopes of getting even with her inattentive husband, making her an easy prey for blackmail. So, with her sister in a delicate condition, Dany approaches the most notable hero around for help in locating the damning letters…. Cooper Townsend.
Putting their heads together, Dany and Coop, investigate the source of this blackmailer, his motive, and how to prevent Mari’s letters from going public, as well as the truth about Coop’s hero status, but in the process, find they enjoy talking to each other and being together. Perhaps this friendship, could lead to something more?
This in another clever regency period story with a little bit of adventure and mystery tossed in for good measure.
While witty banter has almost become a hallmark feature of Regency romance novels, on occasion, it becomes too much of a good thing. The banter overruled character depth and individual growth, but the development of the relationship between Cooper and Dany was so subtle, they were head over heels for each other before they knew what hit them, and it even crept up on me! The chemistry is almost pitch perfect, and by the midway mark, things really start to heat up between the couple with the romantic elements being nearly perfect, too.
The way the author built the relationship upon friendship, then sweet and tender romance, then added in some spice, was simply divine, written just they way I like it.
The blackmail plot added mystery and a little suspense into the mix which is also something I really enjoyed about the book, which kept the pace moving along at a nice clip.
Although there were a few of those pesky modern terms sprinkled through the book, there is very little colorful language, which is far more authentic to this period of time, plus I think it helped keep all that witty banter sharp and tight.
This is a light pleasure read, wonderfully entertaining, and a lot of fun, which is something we all need on occasion.
USA TODAY bestselling author Kasey Michaels is the author of more than one hundred books. She has earned four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and has won an RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award and several other commendations for her contemporary and historical novels. Kasey resides with her family in Pennsylvania.