His Lordship's Mistress
Jess needs money to save her estate and her family. She has nothing left to sell, except the obvious... Blessed with a great voice, she lies to her family about an inheritance, goes off to London to become an actress and become a mistress, until she can pay off her debts.
Ordinarily I don't like protector marries mistress books, because there are a lot of issues there that I cannot believe can comfortably be addressed in a romance novel. This book, though, I really enjoyed. Probably because Jess isn't a serial mistress, and she behaves like the wellborn lady she is. It makes it believable that a marriage between them will be acceptable.
Married by mistake
Thomas signs in the wrong place and becomes a husband to Florrie instead of a proxy for his younger brother. Florrie and Thomas don't like each other, she thinks he's a worthless wastrell and he thinks she's an annoying shrew.
Both are packed off to the country (separately, they think) until the marriage can be annulled and the scandal dies down.
Forced to spend time together in the middle of nowhere, they get to know each other better and the inevitable happens. It is a romance novel, after all! But it was a lot of fun getting there :)
Debbie M. (Tafwin) reviewed His Lordship's Mistress and Married by Mistake (Signet Regency Romance) on
His Lordship's Mistress by Joan Wolf: A Lady posing as an actress to save her family from ruin accepts an offer from an Earl she can't possibly regret. She must learn to play her "role" to the hilt--and avoid falling in love...
Married by Mistake by Melinda McRae: A Lady finds herself married to her fiance's older brother after a proxy marriage gone awry. The Viscount wasn't the man she planned to wed, but the Lady is charmed by the frightfully clumsy oaf he actually is--not the notorious rake he pretends to be...
I enjoyed this book. It was a little too tame for me and I'm not one who likes a TON of steaminess. I do like to feel like there's a little passion between the love interests, not just "oh wait, I love them so we should just get married now". It was a little weak for me but not a bad read.