Juliette Lacey has a problem. A problem in the form of the rakish brother of the marquess she once foolishly thought herself in love with standing on her doorstep and demanding that she and her elderly uncle vacate the only home they’d ever known. Desperate, she and the rogue, one Samuel Travis, come to an agreement – he’ll give her time to discover just who owns the little house while she gives him a roof over his head. After all, he’s kind of homeless and penniless and maybe, just maybe, a little reckless.
This is a really cute, steamy Regency romance from new-to-me author Anna Bennett. While this is the third in a series, I didn’t feel like I was missing out. The book definitely can stand on its own, which is super important.
I loved the characters, especially the adorable Uncle Allistair. I could understand why his nieces were so protective of him. He’s too pure for this world. I adored his little malapropisms and his obsession with the Thames’ cleanliness. He’s adorable and bumbling but also kind and protective and so very dear. But it’s also because of him that the whole plot is taking place.
Juliette was a nice heroine. Definitely not too stupid to live, which was a nice change of pace. (I’ve read a bunch of romances lately where the heroine is TSTL) I liked that she found solutions on her own. Agency is good! So many romances have the men swoop in and save the day.
Sam was a good hero. Not conventional, which I appreciated. At the start of the story, he’s a wastrel. A rake. A scoundrel. He’s got a hell of a ways to go to be redeemed and boy howdy was the journey fun. He’s got a great character voice and I really liked his progression. Seriously, great character arc.
The overarching plot was engaging and the breadcrumbs are there to follow. I figured out a few things before the big reveal, but I was still pleasantly surprised at the end. I’ll definitely be checking out more from this author! Five stars.
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley
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