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The Desire of a Lady (The Sisters of the Aristocracy) (Volume 3) Paperback – May 30, 2015
About the Author
A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years as a published technical writer specializing in 3D graphics workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include SHREK and SHREK 2). An interest in genealogy led to years of research on the Regency era and a desire to write fiction based in that time. A fan of action-adventure movies, she can frequently be found at the local cinema. During the winter, she hosts several junior hockey players and follows the San Jose Sharks. She makes her home in Cody, Wyoming. For more information about her books, go to her website: www.lindaraesande.com.
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Sounds like the beginning of a bad aristocratic joke, but it is rather the vast selection of men vying for Lady Lily's attentions.
As former maid to Lady Samantha, she found out that she was born on the wrong side of the sheets, but is embraced by her half brother, Gabriel - Earl of Trenton, and finds herself the gossip of the ton. Having been a servant, as well as the illegitimate child between a maid and an Earl, she is thrust into a world that she successfully navigates... two seasons in the aristocrat's Marriage Mart, mainly due to the rather large dowry her brother bestows upon her.
Lady Lily finds herself crumpled underneath a Baron (a 'controlled' gambler, who fancies his faro dealer, and who is low on funds), after he passes out on top of her from too much champagne.
Then Lady Lily is a willing participant in a parlor play that results in her expressing her displeasure of being kissed poorly and most unexpectedly by a rake in the form of an overly confident, randy Viscount (another gambler who requires a wife with a large dowry in short order to stay in London). This draws in the attention of an Earl, who seems to lack that brain-to-mouth filter around Lady Lily and unexpectedly finds himself charmed by her (but alas, despite his finer personality, he is also in need of a speedy marriage for a dowry to pay off gambling debts, and deep down possesses the ton snobbery).
There's a Baronet, a commoner with a newly inherited title, interested in botany (whom discloses he's recently employed a mistress, but decides a wife would be less expensive) and decides when he disposes of his mistress he shall marry, desiring Lady Lily as this less expensive alternative.
A notorious Rake, in the form of a Marquees, (who finds himself aging and in need of a legitimate heir) proposes marriage without really knowing whom he is proposing to, but becomes charmed by Lady Lily, and admits his desire to have a lasting relationship, leaving her to ponder his proposal without compromising her.
And finally, there's a clerk... A man who saved Lily the maid at Vauxhall Gardens years before she became Lady Lily, and who has never forgotten her blue eyes. However, he cannot begin to afford a wife in the form of a Lady, despite his intellect and thriftyness... Or can he?
So who will she choose? And will she choose with her heart? (And will Lady Samantha get her happily ever after? If you read her former book, you already know, but the greatest part is that you don't have to read these books in order, and that they can be stand alone books... but you would be shorting yourself.)
The most annoying part of this book is the mention of basically everyone capable of raising, arching, or cocking a single eyebrow.
I am also happy to report that apparently, per his wife, Gabriel (Lord Trenton) no longer kisses like Harold MacDuff! Ruff!
Unfortunately, Viscount Fraley seems to have practiced his kissing with an overly large, slobbery, wet, noisy, eager dog. We wish him luck in finding a wife to help transform his kissing skills, or lack of, such as benefited Lord Trenton.
This is a truly wonderful book. The author keeps characters that we've been introduced in prior books to an interesting minimum, while allowing us to get to know the other main characters (whom played a minor role in other books). It's well written and keeps you reading. This author is a favorite for historical romance, mixing the ton with commoners! Absolutely loved the journey of this story. Linda Rae hits another homerun! ~ M.
This is a Danielle's Domain Review
I loved how this book began. Catching up on the fact that the first book was about a book, this character reading that book, it was interesting. It made3 it fun.
I took a star off for the fact that all the families seem to be connected. The illegitimate children, the connections, were all just insane.
At times, the story felt overly drawn out. I wanted more romance, but enjoyed the HEA. Either way, this was a nice clean romance.