‘A Rake by Any Other Name’ by Mia Marlowe

arbaon mmSTORY: When his father, Lord Somerset, tumbles off the roof, Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is called home from his Grand Tour to take the reins of the estate while the marquess recuperates. Somerset is in serious financial difficulty, which can only be remedied by marriage to an heiress, Miss Sophie Goodnight, lately arrived from India with her nabob father.

Unfortunately, Richard believes he has already lost his heart to Lady Antonia Pruett. And Miss Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming Somerset’s purse with feet, so she foils their families’ attempts to throw her and Richard together at every turn. To make matters worse, the reason Lord Somerset fell off the roof in the first place is a secret that threatens to upend all their lives.

REVIEW: Mia Marlowe begins her new series, Somerfield Park, with a family that is as colorful and entertaining as the one now on PBS, residing at Downton Abbey. And since the author is having this tale told by many points of view, not just our hero and heroine, this made the story hugely entertaining for me.

From the moment our hero meets the heroine of this tale, I knew this would be a sweet romance and I was right. The chemistry between these two was obvious to all, even to them, and once we were introduced to their characters, I loved every minute those two were in each other’s spaces.

But what I loved the best about this story is the way the author seamlessly weaved the stories of both, the upstairs aristocracy and the downstairs help. It made this tale move at a fast pace and I was invested in both worlds.

Another thing I loved about it was the way the plot was developing and for the life of me, I hadn’t seen the end coming. It was brilliant!

I highly recommend it to all you fans of Regency and to all of you that love Downton Abbey. Reading about all the secrets the help had, was too much fun.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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