Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Short Book Review-Surprising Lord Jack

Surprising Lord Jack
Duchess of Love (2)
Sally MacKenzie
Published March 2013
328 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4201-2322-7
Authors Website
One naughty little masquerade can't hurt…

Unladylike Behavior

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!

My Review
I was really excited to read Surprising Lord Jack, the second in the Duchess of Love series. The first book Bedding Lord Ned is what got me addicted to this author. I love her carefree and fun style of writing. Jack is well known as a rake and scoundrel, but I knew that I would love his story, because from the previous book you see that there is a lot more to him that the image he portrays to society. It begins with Jack and Frances being thrown together and caught up in a situation that was just poor luck. Frances, wanting to escape a marriage she doesn't want, leaves her aunt and home and dresses in boy clothing, cuts her hair, and heads toward London. The last thing she expects is to be put in a scandal with Lord Jack at her side, one of the most well known rakes of the Ton. However soon she learns that beneath the rakish exterior, is a man with a purpose in life, and dreams and goals and who is honorable. I had many high expectations for Surprising Lord Jack , and for the most part I enjoyed it. I did have a difficult time getting into the story and so it took me a bit longer to read, but once I was about halfway through the story, I was hooked and couldn't put it down until I finished it, despite the fact that I had to work way early the next morning, but I was determined to find out the outcome. I found this book a enjoyable read, and a story you can relax into, and not stress too much. It had a balanced blend of witty humor and fun scenes to complete a delightful read. Definitely can't wait for the next one in the series, which I have been waiting for ever since I read the first book. Fully recommend Surprising Lord Jack.

First Line 
Miss Frances Hadley staggered up to the Crowing Cock's weather beaten door, her legs, her backside, and feet throbbing with each step. 

Favorite Quote 
"You," he murmured. He stopped, bent his head. "I care about you."
And then he brushed her lips with his. 

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In Series 
The Duchess of Love
Bedding Lord Ned
Loving Lord Ash

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