Ewan Cameron, estranged grandson of the Duke of Lotheil, is in London because of a deathbed promise made to his father and has no intention of staying beyond his three month obligation. Nothing can tempt him to remain, not even Lily, the beautiful bluestocking determined not only to restore relations between him and his grandfather, but to turn Ewan into a proper gentleman. Ewan, proud of his Scottish heritage, refuses to admit that Lily, a blue-eyed, English girl, has claimed his heart. It doesn’t matter that his big lump of a sheepdog is madly in love with her. Nor is it significant that Ewan can always tell Lily apart from her identical twin sister. Always.
Lily Farthingale, the scholarly twin, dreams of becoming the first female member of the Royal Society. She grabs at the chance when the elderly Duke of Lotheil approaches her with a proposition – he’ll admit her into the Royal Society, if she helps him to establish a relation with his estranged grandson, Ewan Cameron, a very rough-around-the-edges Scotsman who hates everything English. Between shootings, explosions, and Lily’s abduction, Ewan ends up falling in love with Lily in this Pygmalion-inspired story.
Review: I’m almost sad writing this review, mainly because it means my adventure with the Farthingale sisters is basically over with.
Before I begin, I’d like to suggest, anyone who LOVES a good historical romance, i.e. Sophie Jordan or Julia Quinn, pick up this series of books ASAP!
Okay on to the review. Lily is the smart twin, the one who plans everything to a T, who is almost so comically brilliant that you can’t help but grin when you read her inner thoughts and workings, especially when it pertains to Ewan, the estranged grandson of a duke who’s decided his grandson needs a bit of….
Fluffing up, if you will.
By reading the title, I’m sure you can see where this is going, a swap on the story of My Fair Lady where the poor man is put through the ringer–by the girl, only she’s doing it not because she loves him or even wants him–it’s all for books.
A true bluestocking, Lily has only wanted one thing, to be able to be admitted into the Royal Society.
How hard can it be? Clean him up, and send him on his way.
But, as with all of the books in this series, there is violence, and she gets kidnapped, who better to rescue her than the man she rescued and helped gain entry into society?
I refuse to let these books end, they are beautifully and elegantly written. I had such a good time reading them that I’ll most likely put them in my re-read pile.
I give the last book, or technically the first, five roses that rule.