I am not a fan of Regency romance but I absolutely loved this book! The mystery and romance of it kept me interested all the way through and I couldn't wait to see how they ended up together!
eh. The fact that there was a mystery was neat, but the dialogue was really weak. I also really hated how the author referred to the ton as 'Polite Society' and 'Polite Circles' capitalized every time. Neat premise but poorly executed, I feel.
I was kept surprisingly engaged by this book. I thought it might be a bit sappy, but it turned out to be quite snappy. I think it's a Regency romance book, but the time period isn't exactly specified.
Elenora help the Earl of St Merryn find a mad killer that is loose in London. She is hired by him to pose as his fiancee so that he may roam about London without being plagued by fotune hunting mothers trying to foist their young daughters on him as potential brides.
In the process the no-nonsense Elenora sets his London house to rights; wins his heart; and together they solve the mystery. They go on to live happily ever after. Ah, it's so nice to read such a fun little romance once in awhile! I think this one would actually make a good movie.
The Earl of St. Merryn once made a joke that the perfect way to find a wife was to go to an agency that provided paid companions, so when he needs someone to masquerade as his fiancé that is exactly what he does.
Elenora Lodge lost her home and all that was hers because of a bad investments made by her late and unlamented step-father. She is left with nothing. She finds work as a paid companion, but she is not what is expected in one, so when the Earl offers her this strange masquerade, she accepts. A chance to spend some time in society and enjoy an adventure seems too good to pass up. Besides, though most people seem to believe that Arthur St. Merryn has ice water in his veins, she suspects that there is a tightly controlled passion there.
This offers a good romance with a nice addition of humor and adventure.
This is a large print paperback. Due to her stepfather's mishandling of her estate, Elenora Lodge must seek employment as a companion. The Earl of St. Merryn needs just such a woman to pose as his finance during the next few weeks in polite society so that he will not be bothered by the matchmakers to wed their lovely daughters. And, he will be free to conduct a highly complex business deal.
Their adventures are wonderful and the love and respect that grow for each other makes for a heartwarming story.