Title: AN UNSUITABLE LADY FOR A LORD (Scottish Lords and Ladies #1)
Author: Cathleen Ross
Pub. Date: April 13, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Lord Aaron Lyle has one hell of a choice: a bankrupt dukedom, or marriage to some simpering society miss so his spendthrift father can get his hands on her huge dowry. He won’t do it. He has a reputation to maintain, and besides, he’d rather run naked through the streets of London than marry anyone at all. Surely, there must be a third option.
Then Lady Crystal Wilding walks into his life, a bluestocking, full of subversive thoughts, who hates the notion of marriage even more than he does. He is intrigued…and, suddenly, he has an idea. He invites the totally unsuitable lady home on the pretext of presenting her as a possible match…but in truth, Aaron has something far more pleasurable in mind. For her part, Lady Crystal has her own reasons for going along with his harebrained scheme.
Imagine their shock when his highly proper family loves her and starts planning the wedding. Good lord. Now what?
Overall, this was a sweet romance with likable characters. Aaron and Crystal were admirable in their desire to do good in their community, and were very earnest (even if Crystal was a bit too naive at times and Aaron went from “You’ve got to be nice to that undesirable man, he has connections” to calling that same man out and attempting to have him sent to a penal colony twelve hours later.) Aaron’s grandmother, the dowager duchess, was a hoot, and the little girls in Crystal’s school were heartbreaking.
I liked that Crystal let it slip twice in public that she thought that women should enjoy sex as much as men did–though surely it wouldn’t have been such a shock to all the men in the audience? Sure, they were all members of the ton, but surely they were able to satisfy at least one woman once in their lifetimes…? Okay, maybe not, but surely it couldn’t have been that much of a stretch. I get that they’re not “supposed” to, but honestly, none of them experienced a woman enjoying herself, ever?
The ending of the story is very sweet–HEA achieved!–but it didn’t actually feel as if their relationship obstacles were actually resolved, instead they were just…ignored, I guess? I did want them to be together, of course, I just wanted it to feel like more of a resolution.
First in a new series–it’s not immediately obvious who might be featured in the next series book (honestly, I couldn’t even guess–eligible friends and family members aren’t exactly thick on the ground–Aaron’s brother, maybe?), so I’ll be interested to see what direction the author decides to go there.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
Cathleen Ross is a quirky writer who lives on Sydney Harbor with her husband, daughter and very loved dog, Denzel. As an English teacher and editor, she has always surrounded herself with books. When she’s not giving psychic predictions for her family and friends, she’s writing romances where her heroines always get their man. She’s a multi-award-winning author who regularly hits the Amazon best-seller lists.a Rafflecopter giveaway