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This book also had the most explicit sex, both before and after marriage, I've ever read in a Regency. The first time was in the library on a desk. I think the novel would have been much stronger without this. It detracted rather than enhanced.
The storyline was interesting, however, and got better as the story progressed. Josceline tried to find a position as a governess, because her father had become a drunk and was trying to sell her in marriage, for she was the daughter of a duke. Christopher wanted to be accepted by the ton and start a shipping business by procuring investors. When their lives meet, nothing will be the same again.
I found this book a little odd. Overall, the writing is very smooth and the language isn't jarringly modern, which is nice. The main characters are decently interesting, if not exactly groundbreakingly original--the heroine is spunky, the hero is brooding and roguish. The villain of the piece, however, was a little too one-dimensional, and didn't even get a very satisfying comeuppance in the end. However, what threw me off was the historical inconsistency. On the one hand, the author seemed to be trying to maintain the Regency flow of language, and had clearly researched some aspects, such as the shipping angle. On the other hand, it drove me nuts every time someone referred to the heroine as "Lady Woodsby." As the daughter of a duke, her courtesy title is "Lady Josceline." "Lady Woodsby" implies she is married to Lord Woodsby (ie, her father, the duke). After her marriage, since her husband has no rank, she should still be addressed as Lady Josceline, NOT Mrs. Sharrington (although this is forgivable for characters who have not previously met her), and definitely not Lady Woodsby. More crucial to the plot, Josceline's social standing is all over the place in this book. She's accepted, but not marriagable in the beginning, then too high to be a companion, but acceptable as a governess (What? Those positions are pretty much equal on the social strata--jobs for impoverished gentrywomen in a shadow class between society and servant.) Despite being employed as a governess, she is invited to a ball...and then only a few pages later declares herself to be a complete social pariah because of her father, yet on several occasions relies on her influences "as the daughter of a duke". Occasionally, these inconsistencies are given a handwave, such as her relying that the person she's talking to doesn't know much about the Duke of Cranton, but it gave me a headache trying to figure out just what Josceline's relationship to high society was, which is a huge issue in the book. It felt like the author was making it up based on whatever was most convenient for a particular scene.
I wasn't a huge fan of the story. It started off strong, but it seemed far too plot-driven over character-driven. Although the book takes place over a decent chunk of time, the couple fall for each other very quickly. While they don't confess their feelings, there is little doubt that that they will stay together. The majority of the book is more about Josceline and Christopher trying to get out of various scrapes. It's fairly interesting, but not very emotionally compelling, nor terribly funny.
I will say that the book made me believe that Josceline and Christopher could make it work in or out of society, which I feel is rare for a Regency. Usually, if a book stretches my belief that the characters wouldn't get kicked out of the ton for their stunts, I won't really believe the HEA. But in this case, I felt that the characters' relationship went beyond their social status and that they would find a way to be happy together even if they ended up penniless.
The story itself was unique and pleasing to read and I found the characters to be engaging and three-dimensional. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone searching for an excellent summer romance read. I will look for more works from this author in the future.
Our heroine is the daughter of a disgraced Duke. Her father intends to marry her off to a merchant. She has other ideas as the man is old enough to be her father and he behaves in a disgusting manner in general.
Our hero is a former ship`s captain who has made his fortune. He wants to establish his own shipping company but needs a ship. He wins one in a game of cards but the Lord who lost refuses to turn over the deed.
Both characters have secrets regarding the past. She wants to be able to look after herself, and he fears he won't be accepted because he is in trade. The couple find themselves starting to care about each other but aren't secure in their feelings.
Events bring about their marrying and they set on a course to establish the shipping company.
There is a villain who shows up occasionally. I wish there had been a better resolution regarding him. That situation didn't have a sense of being resolved at all.
I didn't find the love scenes to be much more explicit than most, and they aren't repeated over and over.
Over all I found the story to be interesting and would recommend it.