by Virginia Heath
Life as a duchess…
Or something much more dangerous…?
Part of The King’s Elite. Constantly told her beauty and charm is all she has to offer, Lady Clarissa is intent on marrying a duke. And intriguing spy Sebastian Leatham will help her! Only first she’ll assist him with his new assignment—playing the part of confident aristocrat Lord Millcroft. Sebastian awakens a burning desire within Clarissa which leaves her questioning whether becoming a duchess is what she truly longs for…
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this before. Typically, if I’m reading historical fiction, it’s about a real historical figure. The Mysterious Lord Millcroft makes me think I should read historical romance/fiction more often.
Clarissa and Seb are so artfully developed that I don’t question their misunderstandings or wavering opinions at all. Nor do I find said misunderstandings or wavering opinions contrived or unnecessary. Both are likable and I imagine a majority of readers would find them relatable.
The relationship that grows between them seems fast by modern standards, although I suppose that by Regency standards, it’s not particularly unusual.
I do find it odd how little thought or care is given to propriety, even by the more “upstanding” characters. Clarissa should have been the talk of the town with some of her scandalous behavior, yet it’s completely ignored.
It’s not a detriment to the story, just a “thing” you may find odd if you’re even remotely familiar with social mores of the time.
As this is the first in the series, I hope we’ll see much more of Clarissa and Seb in future installments, although I’m somewhat concerned that we’ll instead see the stories of some of the other characters like Penny and Gray.
Either way, though, I plan to read the rest of the series.
About the Author
Virginia Heath lives on the outskirts of London with her understanding husband and two, less understanding, teenagers. After spending years teaching history,she decided to follow her dream of writing for Harlequin. Now she spends her days happily writing regency romances, creating heroes that she falls in love with and heroines who inspire her. When she isn’t doing that, Virginia likes to travel to far off places, shop for things that she doesn’t need or read romances written by other people.
Disclaimer: This review is based on a complimentary eBook I received from Rachel’s Random Resources. The complimentary receipt of this book has in no way affected my review or rating.