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For the past three years Patience Ramsey has been the companion to the sickly Lady Carrolton. But now, Meredith Thorn of the Fortune Employment Agency has taken her in hand. This means that Meredith is placing her with Miss Augusta “Gussie” Orwell as an assistant. Gussie is developing salves and lotions to heal and improve the skin. When the group arrives at the manor, they find Miss Lydia Villers and her brother, Beauford, waiting on them (claiming to have received an invitation to stay until after Easter.) This is when Gussie introduces Patience as Sir Harold “Harry” Orwell’s bride-to-be. Patience decides to keep quiet until she is able to speak with Gussie alone.
Harry arrives home with a minor bullet wound in his arm and the news that he has a betrothed. Upon speaking with Gussie, he agrees to the charade. Anything is better than having Beauford throwing his sister at him again. It takes a bit for Harry to convince Patience into playing along though. Harry leads a double life, because he also does spy work for the War Office. When he learns that an important informant, Miss Yvette de Maupassant, has been imprisoned, he and Julian Mayes go to her rescue. Harry introduces Yvette as his cousin to those in his home. While juggling all this, Harry and Patience have played the parts of adoring fiancés so well that they have both developed real feelings for each other.
***** FIVE STARS! There is much to hold your attention in this novel. Harry is pretending an engagement to track a spy, all the while hosting an Easter house party, carrying on his usual activities for the Crown, and planning to travel behind enemy lines on a rescue mission. Then there is the romance and occasional humor inserted as well. (Sounds like a fabulous movie to me.) I especially enjoyed the character of Yvette (who’s story is told in the next episode.) She is sweet, calculation, lovely, and lethal. Regina Scott writes some of today’s best Historical Romance novels! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Most of the characters seemed more like cartoons than like someone I could care about. Strangely constructed. I felt a good story got lost.
There is some intrigue, villains and a great intro into the third installment to the series.
Clean Regency but felt it slow and repetitive at times.
My rating is 4.5 Stars
Augusta, aka Gussie, was a riot! She was so determined to come up with the latest and greatest skin concoction that would take England by storm. However, she didn’t want to be trite and use tried and true ingredients like rose petals. No. Instead, she tried things like burned chicken feathers and ground pearls! The results of some of her experiments were less than stellar! I loved how her laboratory and nasty creations played such an important role.
Patience was so adaptable. She had been in so many uncomfortable circumstances since her parents died, she really didn’t think twice about it. Working with Gussie was a step up from the persnickety Lady that she had been a companion to that she positively thrived. She was resourceful and knew how to take charge when necessary. But she was an abominable spy. . .
I enjoyed Sir Harry’s dedication to his cause and to helping Yvette that he was willing to perpetuate the myth that he was as much a rogue as his father and grandfather.
There were some secondary characters in the story, the unwanted houseguests, Beau and his sister, Lydia. Beau was determined to marry his sister off to Harry and had other nefarious purposes. They added such richness and mystery. I sincerely hope that Lydia will get her own story. I didn’t think I would like her much, but ended up just loving her!
Meredith Thorn finally ended up face to face with Julian, though their tale is far from being resolved. Never Doubt a Duke began their story. Despite this, you could read this book and not feel like you were at sea from not having read that first book, yet, the books do build on each other and my recommendation is to read them all. And don’t worry about having to wait long for the conclusion, because Never Envy an Earl is already available for pre-order and will be releasing on July 13, 2018.
This review was originally posted on AmongTheReads.net.
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I would like to thank Regina Scott for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
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