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What a Lady Needs Mass Market Paperback – April 30, 2013
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"Kasey Michaels aims for the heart and never misses."
-New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts
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About the Author
USA TODAY bestselling author Kasey Michaels is the author of more than one hundred books. She has earned four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and has won an RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award and several other commendations for her contemporary and historical novels. Kasey resides with her family in Pennsylvania. Readers may contact Kasey via her website at www.KaseyMichaels.com and find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKaseyMichaels.
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As mentioned by others, this is the second in the series of four Redgrave books. In the first, brother Gideon, the Earl of Saltwood, meets Jessica Linden, the daughter of another Society member. Jessica's father had recently met his demise, along with Jessica's stepmother, and Jessica wants custody of her half brother, a quiet boy she had last seen 5 years earlier when he was 12. Gideon and Jessica initially square off over the issue of custody, but meeting Adam is enough to have Jessica rethinking obtaining custody. Jessica and Adam each hold a key to the mystery that may be missing from the second book.
What's not frequently mentioned, even on the author's website (that I could find), is that there is an even earlier introuction to the Redgrave family in the "Rules of Engagement" anthology. The story, "The Wedding Party," involves a family friend and occurs prior to the first book. As I remember, none of the current mystery is introduced in that story, but the incident where Valentine fell down the stairs and broke his leg (mentioned in the first book) does occur in this story.
While all four Redgrave siblings are introduced in Book 1, we do not see brothers Gideon or Max in Book 2. Along with Kate, we get to see Adam, Jessica's half-brother and Gideon's ward, as well as brother Valentine. I would have liked to see Gideon and Jessica in Book 2, but I understand that they are not needed to further the plot. We did, however, get to see some of the characters from the Romney Marsh series. I liked seeing them, but at the same time, I was trying to remember if there was anything from those books that shed some light on the mystery here, so that was a bit frustrating.
As one of the other comments mentioned, this story is complex. There was a point in the middle of the book where I thought that it got bogged down in detail, and it was hard to stay focused and retain all the relevant details. Another concern about the complexity is the lag between installments. I was just thinking that i may need to go back and re-read the first and second books before I read the third installment, because there are so many things to remember.
In summary, I think that the author is particularly adept at weaving story lines through multiple books in a series. But, in this case, I think that although you may not need to read all of the books, you might understand better if you do. There are things in the first book that were personal to Jessica that were just not appropriate to share with her husband's young sister. I understand that, but if you haven't read the first book, you may not realize the significance of some of the things that are said (or not said).
I just found a listing on Amazon for the third book, What a Gentleman Desires, with a release date of September 24th. I'm looking forward to it.
Basically our h is one of the infamous Redgrave family and she is a law unto herself. She is very beautiful and considers herself one of the 'guys' as she grew up with 3 older brothers. She meets the H, a marquis, when he comes visiting with one of her brothers. The H and the h are looking for some journals (the history must have been in the first book) belonging to an evil secret society. The H's father and grandfather played key roles in the society. At times I feel the story got a bit bogged down in details of the secret society and a side plot about smuggling, which I never truly quite understood. Nevertheless the romance between the H and h was absolutely delightful and realistic. I loved both the H and h but even better all the secondary characters were great too. I particularly loved the h's brother's ward (again a character from the previous book), he was bizarre and I laughed aloud a few times in this book because of him.
All in all this was a good book
The story is well written, well edited and well plotted, with a variety of supporting characters to lend comic relief and richness to the storyline. The main characters are complex and interesting. The dialogue is witty and smart. There are funny moments interspersed with tender moments and good character development. I particularly liked the way the author was able to sneak in a guest appearance by some of her characters from her popular Beckett's of Romney Marsh series as helpers in apprehending some bad guys in this story. (I loved that series also!) There are sexual scenes and some violence and mild profanity (English style). The first book in this series is "What an Earl Wants" about the Earl of Saltwood, Gideon, and the beginning of the trouble with the "Society" and his romance. This book wraps up Kate and Simon's romance pretty well, but leads right into her brother Valentine's adventure as he attempts to infiltrate the "Society", in " What a Gentleman Desires".
Heat factor hot.