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Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts with Scandal (Sydney Dovedale) Kindle Edition

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"[Jayne Fresina] story is fast-paced, her characters clearly written and funny! The woman writes the best dialogue I've seen in years." -

"Fresina pens another sexy, fun tale-complete with her trademark wit, humor and delightful characters. 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"Very light and fun, a total joy to read." - 3 Chicks After Dark

"Silly, endearing and fun..." - Long and Short Reviews

"Very light and fun, a total joy to read. " - 3 Chicks After Dark

"A witty bombshell of sexual tension..." - Doing Some Reading

"A whimsical read." - What I'm Reading

"A humorous, sexy historical romance. From the very first line, readers will be drawn into this story. " - Romance Junkies

"An amusing tale... " - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"Fresina has a knack for Regency England and her knowledge of the period is remarkable. " - Debbie's Book Bag

About the Author

Jayne Fresina sprouted up in England. Entertained by her father's colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters, she's always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines. She lives in upstate New York. Visit

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  • File Size: 1521 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BEXP51Q
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Simply put, I write funny little romances. As long as my work makes just one other person happy, it's worth it. When not writing, I shuffle around the house in worn-out woolly socks, talk to myself, sing Amy Winehouse (badly, but with volume) in the shower, avoid housework, and drink too much coffee. The hours I spend writing are supposed to help maintain a relative degree of sanity (some would say it's failing).
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Format: Kindle Edition
I really liked the two books before this one in the series, not so much this one. It was okay, but I won't be rereading it. Even though it takes place 10 years after the last one I don't feel as if the characters grew any in this book. We met both Rate and Mercy when they were just 12 and 10 years old and they were brats, more so Mercy. I actually didn't like Mercy as a little girl so I wasn't sure how I was going to find her as an adult. She was still a brat and I didn't care for her. Rate was just as bad with all the name calling. I mean act your age for cripe's sake. It was nice to see both Sophie and Ellie as mothers.
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Jane Fresina brings readers back to Sydney Dovedale as two characters first introduced in her previous book, The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne, have their own happily-ever-after.

Lady Mercy Danforthe is a managing woman, who does it so well few have cause to complain. The only time she had ever let rash action reign over reason was when she hastily agreed to marry Rafe Hartley as a young girl of seventeen, a marriage that was declared void by her brother's intervention. In the five years since, she continued living the life of an aristocrat, though occasionally keeping an eye out for Rafe, such as when she masqueraded as an old woman to lend Rafe financial aid. Rafe has a farmer's soul, despite attempts from his father to turn him into a more polished man. As such, he tries to stay away from the aristocracy, especially ladies like Lady Mercy. But alas, fate conspires against him when his intended bride (who is Lady Mercy's maid, Molly Robbins) leaves him at the altar, and Lady Mercy is asked to "resolve the issue." What does Rafe realize? That he needs precisely Lady Mercy to step in and do right by him.

Lady Mercy, sister of the Earl of Everscham, is the very epitome of noblesse oblige. She's determined a course for herself as swiftly as she did for others, and voluntarily chosen to wed a boring man twice her age; preferring to devote her time to charities and the plights of unfortunate souls in the world, as well as matchmaking and giving advice to people. She's sensible, practical, and unduly stubborn when she has a new goal in sight, but she is also understanding and determined to end Rafe's self-imposed isolation from his loving family.
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Reviewed by Allison
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book.

Review: Fancy breeches. The Danforth Brat. Not exactly the sentiments a woman wants to hear from the man she secretly loves. Thus part of the the conflict between the hero and heroine in Lady Mercy Danforth Flirts With Scandal.

Lady Mercy Danforth and Mr. Rafe Hartley ran away to Gretna Green and were married five years ago. But her brother and guardian swooped in and took her away before the marriage was consummated, so they are now exes. However, Mercy can't help herself from meddling in Rafe's life, and pretends to be an elderly woman who becomes his benefactress. Hidden beneath layers of heavy black veils and mourning clothes, Rafe has no idea the woman he looks up to is his ex-wife. She encourages him to return to his home village and be married to a young woman he's been courting (Mercy's own lady's maid). But when Molly refuses to marry him because she wants to set up a dress shop, Mercy goes to Rafe's small village to try and get them back together.

Mercy settles in to life in the small village and begins bossing, guiding people to do what (she thinks) is best for them. She wants order in her own life, and can't see why no one else feels the same way. Mercy holds herself to strict guidelines on a straight and narrow path, never daring to stray off it as her mother did, which ultimately led to an untimely death. This is the conflict Mercy struggles with - she has set her path and is so afraid of taking a chance on the man she really loves because therein lies the unknown, and what could be a devastating heartbreak.
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What goes around, comes around, especially for a mysterious lady in black. Imagine my surprise, shock and delight when I figured out that this book picks up where another had left off, but years later. There is no doubt that this is a standalone read but when I realized that this Mercy Danforthe is the same one from The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne it tickled my fancy to realize that this young girl is all grown up and is still as opinionated and full of herself as before. What kind of trouble is she going to get into now?

What a tangled mess of yarn. It's as true now as it was then - things that happened in our youth shape our decision making process in the future, for better or worse. I remember Mercy as being outspoken and quite a little lady of action. That inner motor, that drive to do and to make a mark has been honed and perfected in the Lady Mercy of the present. Readers will have no trouble at all figuring that out.

What they won't realize although I had a sniggle of memory from before, is why she is the way she is. I blame it on her brother. Readers will be quick on seeing that as well. It's tragic, really. You know the old saying, "attention for being bad is better than no attention at all"? That sums up the backdrop that drives the overall motive of the story. It started out that way but became a way of life. It's pitiful! But don't let Lady Mercy hear you say that, she'd be affronted. She has things all planned out and all the logical details dance to her whim. Or so she likes to think. As the tale goes on, a reader gets to understand that Mercy isn't shallow but very passionate, caring and still has her bonnet hung on one man. The worst sort of man - Rafe.

Rafe is borderline anti-hero.
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