HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!
This is my first Jade Lee book, and it won't be my last. I was thrilled that Ms. Lee doesn't just keep repeating herself. She expects the readers to get the back story, or whatever, the first time she mentions it. Thank you!
Mellie is quite brilliant, with a scientific bent to her mind. She creates chemical concoctions that bring money into the family. I kept expecting something nefarious to come from those who wanted her latest recipe. Either from her uncle or a young man that she meets in London. I also thought there would be some dark story behind her mother's death. That didn't happen either. The red herrings kind of threw me for a loop.
Trevor has known Mellie and her father for a very long time. She's been jealous of the time the two of them spend together as her father mentors his scientific studies, and he's just not looked at her. Until he does. Whoa, she's grown into a beauty, hasn't she? And since they don't really appeal to each other (or do they?) she's just the right sort to help him with his current problem. His grandfather, the duke, has cut off his allowance until he chooses a bride, and while he has money coming it, it won't be available for quite some time. So...a fake fiance is just what he needs, right?
Mellie, while she enjoys her scientific studies a lot, also wants to be loved for herself. She want to love someone, and have babies and enjoy life. She does not want that from her half cousin...Ronnie. Both her father and his seem to think they would make a great match...mostly because then their newly acquired money would stay in the family! They've made the dough and now they want to keep it...no matter that Mellie has said NO at least a dozen times. Made me pretty much want to smack her dad AND Ronnie.
Trevor's proposal of the fake engagement seems to be the only way out for Mellie. They'll be in London. His friend will sponsor her, she'll meet eligible men...and when she throws Trevor over...she can marry one of them.
Ah, yes...the best laid plans and all that. As this is listed as ROMANCE, we all know how this will turn out. That's why we read these! There were laughs, some tears, a turkey (!!!) and plenty of steam in this one.
I did wonder why Trevor didn't just marry his friend, Lady Eleanor, though. They seemed quite suited. Maybe she's waiting for her own book! I also thought, as mentioned earlier, that there was something odd about her mother's death, and the way people kept trying to get her recipe. Again, maybe something will come of that later.
I will be looking for more from Ms. Lee.
Thank you, Sourcebooks and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book.
A USA Today Bestseller, Jade has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. Now an author of more than 30 romance novels, she finally gets to play in the best girl-heaven place of all: a Bridal Salon! In her new series, four women find love as they dress the most beautiful brides in England. Check out Jade's website for details on the series and most especially Wedded in Sin.
And don't forget KATHY LYONS! She's Jade's lighter, contemporary half. Kathy writes sexy stories of love in today's twisted world! She loves the faster pace of category books and that her humor can really let fly. She leaves the dark, tortured love stories to Jade.
If you're wondering where Katherine Greyle comes in, she's Jade's first persona. Sweet, funny, and with a love of all things regency, Katherine started publishing back in the 1900s. (She won't say how long ago!) But never fear, the romantic soul is the same whether it's Jade, Katherine, or Kathy!
So if you love that special feeling when two people just fit, then email her through her website www.JadeLeeAuthor.com or www.KathyLyons.com She's also on social media at Facebook - JadeLeeBooks and Twitter - @JadeLeeAuthor.