He is a hunter at heart…but her heart is no easy prey.
Hannah Walpole suspected the etiquette lessons her parents insisted upon were a wasted effort. Now, looking around at the ton at her debut, she’s sure of it. Her home is the African continent. She simply does not fit in English Society. Nothing will convince her otherwise, especially not a devilishly handsome lord with black hair, vivid green eyes and a wicked reputation for debauching innocent young women.
Lord Miles Whitely admires Hannah’s adventurous spirit and cool composure in the face of adversity. It doesn’t hurt that their first encounter provides him with the delightful opportunity to get his hands beneath her skirts.
When the lady declares she cannot be seduced, he cheerfully takes up the gauntlet she has unwittingly thrown down. But Hannah has no intention of succumbing to his striking gaze or honeyed flattery. Until a crisis leads her to suspect he’s not truly the cad everyone warned her about…
Warning: Contains one misfit debutante, one shamelessly flirty rake who finds humor in nearly everything, and a long, hot summer party in the country. Deploy your fans, ladies. Things are about to get steamy.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
This quick, Regency read is fun and charming – just as long as you can leave your history hat to one side. Hannah is definitely not your average debutante, being more used to the wilds of Africa than the ballroom jungles of England. Despite two years of intensive instruction from her family, she’s no closer to fitting in than when she arrived. Which is how she finds herself alone in a corridor at a country house party with a renowned rake’s hand up her skirt!
Okay, so it’s not quite as bad as it sounds, but that’s all part of the fun of this cheeky little read. Hannah is bright and independent, far from the blushing innocent that might be expected of the time. She’s used to criticism and catty behaviour, but as she doesn’t much care for anyone in the country she isn’t really bothered. I would have liked to have known more about her parents and her travels, but I suppose there wasn’t really room in a story this short.
As for Miles (who surely should have been Lord Miles, if anything, and not Lord Whitely since he’s neither the oldest son nor has a deceased father), he’s fun and flirty and has a shocking reputation that I never quite understood – either why he allowed it to continue or how it managed to come about without him being challenged to numerous duels or forced into an unwanted marriage. It’s easy to see why he becomes intrigued with Hannah, though I have to say his behaviour doesn’t always speak brilliantly of him if he really isn’t as roguish as he’s painted.
And all right, if I’m honest, there were a few things here and there that dinged my history and likelihood of accuracy hat (the title for one, the fact that the nearest village was two hours away – just how bad are these roads?, and the fact that Hannah can get soaking wet yet be dry by the time she reaches home and no one will comment on her hair, not to mention that her complexion is so perfect after a lifetime in hot places…), but the story passed by so smoothly and swiftly that I didn’t really have time to get annoyed.
If you’re looking for something quick and fun, with a hint of Regency romance, then you can’t go far wrong with this. It’s a light and easy way to spend an hour or two and I enjoyed it.
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