Title: To Lure a Proper Lady (Duke-Defying Daughters, #1)
Author: Ashlyn Macnamara
Publisher: Loveswept, Random House Publishing
Expected Publishing Date: March 29, 2016
Genre: Historical, Regency, Romance
Page Count: 266
Rating: 3 Stars
In this steamy novel from Ashlyn Macnamara—“a born storyteller” (Jennifer McQuiston) who “brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life” (Tessa Dare)—a dutiful young lady tries to resist the charms of a rogue from the legendary Bow Street Runners.
When Lady Elizabeth Wilde and her sisters are summoned once again to their chronically anxious father’s deathbed, she’s shocked to find that his worries are at last justified. He’s terribly ill, and Lizzie suspects poison. But when she seeks help from the Bow Street Runners, her request is answered by a rough-hewn rogue known only as Dysart. Though his irreverent charm by turns shocks and captivates her, a man of Dysart’s background is an altogether inappropriate choice for a duke’s daughter—isn’t he?
Although Dysart has his reasons to disdain polite society, the promise of supplemental income from a noble’s coffers is too tempting to deny. But if Dysart means to apprehend the culprit who poisoned the duke, he’ll need to avoid any and all distractions—like the delicious swish of Lady Elizabeth’s hips. Yet as the investigation begins to unearth secrets he’d rather remain hidden, Dysart must decide at a moment’s notice whether to hold Elizabeth at arm’s length . . . or pull her dangerously close.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
This book is my introduction to Ashlyn Macnamara‘s works, which is a start to a new series, the Duke-Defying Daughters. I’d say it was an interesting find, particularly because the main characters were atypical noblesse.
The Duke of Sherrington was dying and he only had three female offspring. The eldest, Lady Elizabeth Wilde, was a sensible and smart young lady who practically managed the estate since the Duke fallen ill. Suspecting foul play, she went and hire a Bow Street Runner, Dysart to find out who tried to harm her father.
Dysart was once a nobleman who had got disowned by his family for doing above his dictated upbringings; making right a mistake that wasn’t his. Little did he expect that taking Lady Elizabeth’s case would have him confront a face from the past.
One would be correct in assuming the two characters who now lived in different world would end up together. The path was practically paved for them despite their trying to deny their attractions to each other. But worry not, Dysart and Elizabeth got their HEA here.
As for the troubles the Duke’s family and Dysart had… with each progressing page I was disappointed by how slow Dysart solved the whodunit. It felt to me, the case was revealed thanks to unexpected source; not due to his sleuthing.
After the leisurely pace, the story’s picked up and ended in a rush. Some details were left to reader’s imagination to figure out; a couple of the (previously) seemingly difficult issues were easily taken care of. Personally, to me this left quite a number of loose ends, which probably would be continued on the next installment of the series. At least I thought it would – we shall just have to wait and see.
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.