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*Starred Review* When Frances Hadley overhears Aunt Viola, her guardian, make plans to marry Frances to a disgusting older man, she disguises herself as a boy and flees on horseback, determined to get the money that will go to her unwanted groom. Frances wants to buy a small cottage where she doesn’t have to worry about others making decisions for her. But a violent winter storm strands her at the Crowing Cock Inn. The innkeeper and his wife take pity on the “lad,” letting him stay in the room usually reserved for Lord Jack. As fate would have it, Lord Jack unexpectedly checks in but decides to let the scrawny, sleeping boy stay. Jack then insists on accompanying the youth to London, where he discovers that the lad is a lass. Although nothing happened, they did spent the night in the same bed, so there’s only one thing an honorable man, even one known as a rake, can do—marry her. But Frances still has no interest in matrimony. MacKenzie (Bedding Lord Ned, 2012) has penned another humorous Regency-era gem that will get a collective thumbs-up from readers. --Shelley Mosley


"MacKenzie has penned another humorous Regency-era gem that will get a collective thumbs-up from [fans]." ---Booklist Starred Review

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  • File Size: 1809 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (March 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009T9SCBM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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USA Today bestselling author Sally MacKenzie writes funny, sexy romances set in her favorite time period (other than the present): Regency England. Her novella, "The Duchess of Love," was a 2013 RITA® finalist, and two of her books--The Naked King and Bedding Lord Ned--made ALA Booklist's top ten romances for their respective years. Many of her books are available in audio format, and her stories have been translated into Czech, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Sally graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in the first class of women. She's a Cornell Law School dropout, former federal regulation writer, recovering parent volunteer, mother of four grown sons, and middle-of-the-lane Masters swimmer. She loves to travel, especially to England to research historic sites and hike through--and frequently get lost in--the English countryside.

A native of Washington, D. C., she lives with her husband in suburban Maryland, not far from her childhood home.

Visit her online at her web site, on Twitter @Sally_Mackenzie, or on her Sally MacKenzie Facebook fan page,

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By I Read Romance on March 19, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sally Mackenzie is to 19th c English romances what Sandra Hill is to Vikings: a whirlwind of oddball hilarity into what otherwise can be mundane situations. However, I approached Surprising Lord Jack with some trepidation as I found Book 1 in the series (Bedding Lord Ned) really difficult to finish with nonsensical events and actions. Surprisingly, though, Mackenzie seems to have returned somewhat to her old form, providing a light and easy read against the backdrop of a Jack the Ripper-ish scenario.

The heroine is a gentleman's daughter who has been in charge of running her brother's estate since she was in her teens, but she flees to London to get the release of her dowry after discovering one of her potential suitors was in subterfuge with her aunt to attain her fortune. Disguised as a man in her brother's clothing, she is mistaken for a pre-teen boy by everyone she meets, including the hero, on her journey to town. Finally there, she discovers her brother has moved from his residence and she is at a lost as to what to do. The hero offers her housing, still thinking she was a boy, but it's not too long after that he discovers her true self.

This is where the story turns farfetched. Upon learning he's been harboring a girl, the hero turns to his parents for help mitigating any gossip. The hero's parents too readily embrace the heroine, with all parties acknowledging the heroine's aristocratic lineage and proclaiming she would be a perfect mate to the hero. The hero's mother even tells the heroine that her grandparents had always wanted her and her brother to join their mother's family, but had been barred by their paternal, iron-fisted aunt.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By akb--bookworm VINE VOICE on March 11, 2013
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Frances Hadley has been running her family's estates for 10+ years while her harpy aunt berates her and her brother and father can't be found nor bothered. When her conniving aunt tries to orchestrate a scandal to marry Frances off, Frances bolts. She dresses as a boy to travel to London to obtain her dowry so she can live her life on her own terms away from her frustrating family. Along the way she is forced to stay the night at a busy inn where the only bed avail is a shared bed...with Jack Valentine, third son of the famous "Duchess of Love" and notorious rake. Jack is running from his mother's matchmaking and pushy young ladies. He'd rather share a bed at an inn with a youth than risk a scheming lady. Jack takes pity on the young boy in his room and offers to give him a ride to London, not realizing the boy is actually a woman. To make matters worse, someone recognized Frances and has already spread the gossip. Will Frances and Jack be forced to marry to save reputations? Will the Duchess of Love be able to save the day and marry Frances away to someone else to save her?

I read the prequel short story The Duchess of Love when it was first released and enjoyed it. I enjoyed the storyline, the voice, and the characters. I thought I'd enjoy this one, but am left with mixed feelings.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read. You know going into this that Frances and Jack find love, but not sure how. It was interesting to watch these two get to know each other and become friends. I never really saw the romance, but I did enjoy their interactions.

Some people are immediately put off by Frances. She is a shrew and a harpy, but I get her. Ms.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 9, 2013
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Looks like other reviewers have already given a synopsis of the book, so I'll get right to the chase: where was the romance? I felt like I kept waiting for it to appear, but it just was not happening. I found the heroine, Frances, to be a little annoying and fell completely in love with Jack. Frankly, I don't know how or why he put up with her. I did, however, like the all around murder/mystery storyline. Also, I felt like there was NO ending. It just all of a sudden stopped. I had to turn back some pages because I couldn't believe it just abruptly ended. I didn't feel like the author tied everything up. All in all, it as an ok read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on March 8, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After overhearing her Aunt Viola's nefarious plans for her, Frances Hadley who had managed her family's estate for years decided no one was going to trick her into an unwanted marriage, and furthermore, Frances would chart her own life from here on out! Chopping her hair off and donning her brothers breeches and boots she set out for London to corner the estate's man of business and get her hands on her dowry. However a lame horse and inclement weather has Frances obtaining the only bed left in the inn on the way to London.

Jack Valentine, third son of the famous "Duchess of Love", is done being pursued by marriage minded hopefuls. Labeled a rake, one determined Miss has actually run him out of his own house party for London. Luckily Jack's favorite inn has one bed left - only Jack has to share it with a rather entertaining red-headed youth. Perhaps the two young `men' could ride to London together.

*** Ms. MacKenzie has made her reputation for fast moving, slightly risqué Regency romps, SURPRISING LORD JACK is no exception and is definitely a cute and engaging tale. Definitely light reading with a few chuckles mixed in throughout but with a few nit-picking items which brought down the rating for me.

I think the biggest problem was the lightness of the mood when the author had a `slasher' story embedded in the plot, which should have raised more anxiety but I felt was treated almost too lightly. To me this was a major problem with the story, I wasn't sure the author wanted to concentrate on lightness and sexual innuendoes for Jack rather than to try and break through Frances' very tight reserve based on not having any reason to trust men based on her own rakish father's abandonment of her from infancy.
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