Monday, February 14, 2011

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord


Since being named “London’s Lord to Land” by a popular ladies’ magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presents itself, he eagerly jumps—only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious woman he’s ever met!

The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though she is used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father’s recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother’s birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks.

But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless and foolish…like falling madly, passionately in love.

Thoroughly enjoyed this one!

I enjoy historical romances when they include snippits from fictional (or even non-fiction) books to help guide or move the story along.  In this case, we have excerpts from Pearls and Pelisses that lend its hand to this story, much the way Lady Whistledown's gossip column played a role in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series or Lady Rothburg's advice from Emma Wildes' Lessons from a Scarlet Lady.  But when Lord Nicholas is named in Pearls and Pelisses as "London's Lord to Land" he can't escape London fast enough to avoid all the women who have read the magazine and are now on his heels.  However, when the Duke of Leighton approaches Lord Nicholas with a favor, Nick accepts the challenge to put his search and hunting skills to good use... far away from London.

Meanwhile, Lady Isabel is trying to hold it all together.  Literally.  The roof is leaking, she's running out of money, and she has her brother, the child earl, to take care of in addition to a household full of ...women?  But when she runs into Lord Nicholas and recognizes him as the antiquarian that he is, she hopes he would be interested in looking over her marble statues because she wants to sell them.  Little did she know that the innocent invitation would literally bring the fox into the henhouse... or lead the hunter to its prey.

One thing I enjoy most about MacLean's writing is that she captures you on page one, and she keeps things moving throughout the entire book.  Indeed, she is a fresh, new voice in Regency romance, but really, the story boils down to nothing incredibly new plot-wise.  But its the way she does it that makes her books stand out.  Its almost like she takes the best elements of every Regency you've ever read and puts them all together in the same book.  And hey, that totally works for me! 

The hero and heroine show real chemistry, and Nick realizes Isabel's strengths (and weaknesses) and genuinely applauds her efforts and goals.  Finding himself wanting nothing more than to help Isabel when she insists she doesn't need it, he tells her that maybe its time for her to allow someone to take care of her for a change since she's spent so long looking after others.  To hear those words come from a man who wants nothing to do with marriage, that is huge.  But to the ears of a woman who wants nothing to do with marriage after being witness to her parents' relationship, Nick has some convincing to do to soften her heart now that she's softened his.

I also liked Rock - Lord Nicholas' Turk friend that comes along with Nick for the ride.  He adds a nice touch to this story with his observations and gentle advice while he struggles with a growing relationship of his own which we see blossom with one of the girls in Isabel's care.  Overall, the book is just wonderful and I can't wait for book three in this debut series from MacLean.  Don't miss this one!

My rating:  9 – Loved it!

The Love by Numbers series... 
 



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