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Title: Less Than A Lady
Author: Eva Devon
Publisher: Select Historical, Entangled Publishing
Size: 231 pages
Release Date: December 28th, 2015
To win a lord, you can’t be a lady…
Darcy Blake, Earl of Chase, is a solider, rogue, and a loyal king’s man. Commanded to spy on the luscious actress Amelia Fox, Darcy must pretend to be her student for a Court theatrical. He is certain he can school her in the art of seduction while discovering if she is a traitor. To his shock, he finds Mrs. Fox teaching him an entirely different kind of lesson.
As London’s most popular actress, Amelia is famous at Court, and she doesn’t have a husband to tell her what do. Unfortunately, the king has ordered her to train the rakehell Lord Chase to act. Before long, the earl is driving her wild with desire and awakening her heart to love. As an actress, society dictates she can never be more than Lord Chase’s mistress, but Amelia has vowed never to be less than a lady.
When Darcy learns the witty actress is indeed linked to a traitor, he’ll have to decide if love or loyalty to the king will rule the day.
Set just after the return of the monarchy to England, with King Charles II returning to power but wary of the still active anti-monarchist Cromwellian supporters. This is definitely a different time period for a romance to be set in! With a highwayman, soldiers, treason, double crossing lords, an actress and spies as well as romance, this is an intriguing read. There are plenty of twists and turns along the journey to a HEA ending. Many details of life, attitudes and events from the era are included as part of the story. The story has a slow start but is worth persevering with as soon it gets much better, with a much increased pace and action.
This is a very different historical romance, exploring attitudes and beliefs during the early reign of King Charles II in England in an entertaining manner.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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