A Lot Like A Lady Kindle Edition
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For the most part, ladies' maid, Juliet Baines, does a brilliant job of masquerading as her mistress and fitting into the role of a Lady and member of the nobility herself, but her occasional missteps, mishaps and faux pas, while humiliating for her, are hilarious for the rest of us. It is impossible not to love her, along with the man she grows to love; the man who is supposed to be her step-brother, even though he seems to be a bit of a git at first. He has built up a wall around his heart, and focuses on his duties and responsibilities as a duke, to keep the pain of past losses at bay, but when Juliet begins to break through that wall, he doesn't quite know how to handle it. He knows she's not really his step-sister, but who in the world IS she? When he finds out she is not truly a Lady, but nothing more than a lowly servant, will he send her away in disgrace and loathing, or will he defy convention and declare his love for her anyway?
The authors and the editor all possess brilliant humour and dry wit, and these qualities are passed on to the characters in spades! If you love Regency romance, A Lot Like a Lady is a must-read book. If you don't really care for Regency romance, you'll love this book anyway! But don't just take my word for it...
I loved the way they made Grey seem like a bad guy, who turned out to be a good guy. And Juliet was so human, so likable. I was rooting for her to find her HEA. The supporting characters were a hoot and had me laughing out loud. I loved Lord Percy, the bulldog. The humor lightened the mood beautifully. The two older aunts were charming and unpredictable. If you like Regency, don't miss this one. I only wish there was a sequel. Oops. There is a sequel. Something Like a Lady. Will be digging into that tonight. Bravo Ms. Springsteen and Ms. Bowman. This is truly a masterpiece.
Grey is a Duke whose heavy responsibilities and social expectations weigh him down. He is not happy to have his spoiled step-sister thrust upon him. He hasn't seen her in years and would rather it stay that way...until he meets her.
This was an enjoyable book. I would rate it at PG. For me, it lost a bit continuity toward the end and the ending itself seemed a bit off, but not to the point of ruining the story. I don't want to give anything away by expounding further. I read the book in one afternoon/evening. I liked it. It was an enjoyable, light hearted read.
When I got it I realized why I hadn't checked it out before: I'm usually not a big fan of the Noble Lord & lower class woman stories. I don't find them very realistic. So I suspended my disbelief a little bit for the HEA, which was surprisingly easy to do because I could totally get behind the love story. This definitely isn't the usual case of a Duke falling for someone outside of his class, because for most of the book Grey doesn't KNOW that she's outside of his class. In fact, Juliet is posing as his step-sister (and I didn't like Annabelle anymore in this one than I did in Something Like A Lady although I might understand her JUST a tiny bit better now), so he's really clueless as to her real identity as Annabelle's maid.
Juliet is everything Annabelle is not. She's warm, caring, selfless, down to earth and loyal to a fault. Unfortunately that loyalty to Annabelle brings her to London (because Annabelle is none of those things and says she can't face humiliation and cuts from the ton, whereas Juliet figures that she's used to being insulted and doesn't want to bring any more hurt down on Annabelle if she can prevent it), posing as Annabelle and lying to Grey whom she's falling in love with. Now, at this point one might think Juliet's a paragon... but she's not. She's also got a temper, which is used to good effect when Grey gets ahead of himself and starts acting like a prig.
The romance between them grows very naturally and it's easy to empathize with both of them when the truth comes out and they're both shattered. The ending left me with a very satisfied feeling emotionally (even if I had to suspend my disbelief that a Duke and servant could find a HEA).
However the true gems in this book are the side characters. Annabelle's aunts who take Juliet under their wing insisting that of COURSE she's their niece because they SAY she's their niece (wink, wink), Grey's Uncle Lucian and, of course, the venerable Lord Percy... Lucian's dog. Again, a little suspension of disbelief is required and I'm never entirely sure what motivates Aunt Harmony and Aunt Charity to do what they do, but they are delightful. As is the side story going on with them, which we only catch glimpses of but which provides one of the funniest moments in the book.
I'm looking forward to the third book and finding out what has happened to Grey's long lost brother!