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A Baron for Becky Paperback – August 4, 2015
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Aldridge was such a great guy on the one hand. However, he was most definitely a user of women to the extreme. Yes, he paid them well but some were wives and it was simply too much for me. In fact his strengths were weighed in the balance against his weaknesses and the weaknesses were much heavier. So, that pretty much hindered my enjoyment of the book. Then, the contest he and our other main guy, Hugh, involved themselves in was simply the icing on the cake.
Becky, our heroine, was not a "light skirt" by choice. In fact, she was the only admirable person in the book with the exception of some minor characters. Much of the storyline was unbelievable due to the fact she was accepted into the home of some lords and ladies who knew what she did for a living, seemingly without prejudice. Aldridge's mother's attitude towards her, although admirable, was also fairly unbelievable.
At some point, I suppose we are to expect the rest of Aldridge's story - the man who has fathered illegitimate children all around town, albeit being "kind" and "responsible" enough to place all his offspring and the women who bore them with other men. Yes, that sounds like the type of man I am looking forward to continue reading about - not!! In fact I nearly quit reading this book one third of the way in, but decided to forge ahead.
I enjoyed the fact that Becky found true love. She certainly deserved it. When she explained how she came to be in the business she was in, it was heartrending. I loved the way the author got the point across of where the greater responsibility lay for the downfall of many women and how Becky set Hugh on his ears. Yes, that part of the book was great but not sure I would ever read another book by this author. I just found it somewhat of a downer and I need lighthearted fare with lots of warmth.
In A Baron for Becky, Ms Knight gets all of the above right. Yes, we have a rake, a deliciously handsome rake with a prickly sense of honour and a heart far bigger than he wants to admit to. We have a complex social structure that prohibits said rake from following his heart – a future duke must marry an unblemished young lady. We have pretty Becky a.k.a. Rose, attempting to overcome a dark past so as to create a better future for herself. There is also an embittered young man, crushed every which way by life, an absolutely lovable Duchess (the rake gets his charm from his mama, that is for sure), and a couple of endearing children.
Further to this, Ms Knight is an accomplished writer, who delivers charming dialogue, casual descriptions and a well-polished prose. Regency London is presented in sufficient detail to give the story the backdrop it requires, and the ton, as in most Regencies, is deliciously hypocritical and full of sin. All in all, this combines to make A Baron for Becky a most enjoyable read!
At its core, the story is a love triangle with two heroes: the marquis, who plays a critical role in the heroine's life in the beginning, and the baron, who comes on the scene in the later part of the book. After reading the description, I expected the first to be something of a villain. Out of context, I found the idea of his getting his mistress pregnant and then foisting her on his friend vaguely distasteful. But, as the tale unfolded, the relationship between the heroine and the marquis was put into perspective, highlighting the reasons why they had no future together and why the baron was able to offer her the life the marquis never could.
To make this plot work, it needed a truly remarkable heroine. Had she been less deserving of respect and admiration, all the heroes' efforts would have fallen sadly flat. But, any doubts I might have had about her character were dispelled after her backstory was revealed. She made the best of the hand she was dealt and did so with as much dignity and grace as was possible under the unfortunate circumstances. And, I could not have been more pleased with the way her relationship with the baron evolved. Given it had not all been smooth sailing, their working out the difficulties had me convinced that their happy marriage would stand the test of time.
I strongly recommend this book to all Regency-era romance fans. Jude Knight has a firm grasp of the period and imbues the narrative with just the right details to create the atmosphere without inundating it with minutiae. I'm really looking forward to her future books, particularly the story in which the marquis will get to be the hero to the end.
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