How Not to Chaperon a Lady is the third book in the Talk of the Beau Monde trilogy, a series of historical romances.
Charity Brookes is an opera singer who is following in the footsteps of her very succesful mother. Charity’s rise to stardom offers her a tour of some Northern theatres and she has asked her best friend, Dottie, to travel with her.
Charity’s reputation for mischief and spontinaity worries Dottie’s brother Griffin and he insists on chaperoning the ladies. This sparks yet another argument between Charity and Gruff Griff, as she calls him. They have sparred for almost seventeen years of family friendship and it looks like it will be a very long and tedious trip for them both.
I am not going to give away the rest of the story, except to say that these two characters must have fought with the author as well as each other all the way to the end of the book; what a delightful but troublesome pair. I was engrossed with the tale and loved every moment of the conflict, which made for a very satisfying ending.
Chaperoning Charity Brookes while she’s on a singing tour should be easy for Griffith Philpot—he’s spent his whole life sparring with her over her flighty ways! But as he discovers that she’s much more than the impetuous girl he thought he knew, a passion ignites between them… Sharing a steamy kiss leaves him torn—he’s supposed to be responsible for guarding her virtue!
From Harlequin Historical: Your romantic escape to the past.
The Talk of the Beau Monde
Book 1: The Viscount’s Unconventional Lady Book 2: The Marquess Next Door Book 3: How Not to Chaperon a Lady
The Marquess Next Door is book two of The Talk of the Beau Monde series of Regency romances. Hope Brookes is an aspiring author of gothic horror, a voluptuous redhead who despises the sycophant Lords who never look further than her décolletage.
Whilst hiding from a particularly over eager beau one evening at a ball, she is interrupted by fellow escapee, a rather drunk lord whose long hair and earring giving him the look of a pirate.
Lucius (Luke) Duff has recently inherited all that comes with being The Marquess of Thundersley, including a widowed sister-in-law with remarriage in her sights. He is delighted to assist Hope to rid herself of unwanted attention at the ball and the kiss they share is memorable.
Desperate to leave his over-zealous sister-in-law, Luke moves to Bloomsbury only to discover that he is now neighbours with Hope and her artistic family. Casual conversations from adjoining balconies allow Luke and Hope to get to know each other and a secret friendship begins, but how long can it remain that way?
This was a wonderful story and I read it all in one sitting, reading late into the night as I became wrapped up in this Regency setting with two very likeable characters. Hope had an arsenal of put downs which she showered over the drivelling fools who pursued her, but it took Luke and his interest in more than just her looks to break down her barriers to all men. Luke had made himself his own man after his aristocratic family abandoned himself and his mother, and his humble hard-working background appealed to Hope and her family. There was also a theme which dealt with what would later be known as post-natal depression, and I thought that the author wrote this in a very sensitive way.
Although this is part of a series, this was can be read as a stand alone story; either way I would easily recommend this to Regency romance fans.
To avoid an unwanted suitor at a ball, Hope Brookes asks another gentleman to rescue her. He obliges—with a surprisingly passionate kiss! He’s revealed as her sinfully handsome new neighbor, Lucius, Marquess of Thundersley, and they forge a friendship over their balconies. It’s refreshing that Lucius is more interested in her writer dreams than her looks, so why can’t she stop thinking about that kiss?
The Viscount’s Unconventional Lady is book one of The Talk of the Beau Monde series of Regency romances.
Faith Brookes is a painter and the daughter of famous portrait artist Augustus Brookes. Faith will start the background for her father’s latest commission, a family portrait for the Earl of Writtle. Recently the Earl’s son, Piers, has been the victim of society gossip and shunned by many after a scandalous divorce. Faith already has a preconceived opinion of him, and she allows her anger about his apparent treatment of his wife to show when they meet.
However, the newspapers have only reported one side of the story and while Faith works on the canvas for her father, she begins to learn more about Piers and finds that he isn’t all that the rumour-mongers make him out to be.
Piers is fascinated by Faith; the woman creates her own dress style and has an unusual sense of wit. But he doesn’t want his heart broken again so soon after the breakdown of his marriage, while Faith has her own reasons to be cautious about forming anything more than friendship with a Lord.
I enjoyed losing myself in this story for a few hours of pure escapism; I was quite happy to be drawn into the Regency era and to forget the real world for a while. Virginia Heath always writes characters that I want to befriend, and this is another winner for me from this author. I shall look forward to reading the rest of the series.
After years as a diplomat in the Napoleonic Wars, Lord Eastwood is reluctant to return to London society. His scandalous divorce has made him infamous, not to mention cantankerous! To halt the rumor mill, he should marry a quiet noblewoman—instead it’s bold, vibrant artist Faith Brookes who’s caught his attention. They are the least suitable match, so why is he like a moth to a flame?
Liz has been reading Miss Tavistock’s Mistake by Linore Rose Burkard
Feodora Tavistock is an exuberant heroine, who despite living as a ward of the aging Duke of Trent on a remote estate, shows enthusiasm for whatever life offers. When Mrs Filbert arrives as companion to the 19-year-old girl, she embraces her as friend despite the fact that she is middle aged. One day life for Feodora (or Margaret as she prefers to be called) will change, for she is betrothed to her cousin Gabriel who showed her great kindness when she was first orphaned ten years earlier. But Gabriel Rampeare has spent most of the intervening years in the navy and he has scarcely written to her at all.
With Mrs Filbert’s collusion Margaret persuades her guardian to allow her to join the London Season so that she can enjoy one summer of balls, parties and frivolous gowns before her marriage. In the meantime, Gabriel and Margaret meet under unfortunate circumstances, not recognising each other and his behaviour is so despicable she determines to refuse the marriage. Unfortunately, they are thrown together in London although Captain Rempeare believes she is “Lady X” the Inamorata of his elderly uncle. The secrets, lies and misunderstanding are a perfect basis for an amusing, exciting plot.
For me, Captain Gabriel Rempeare is the perfect hero. A career sailor he misses the sea, but intends to do his duty by his betrothed, yet he is hampered by the necessity to cover the debts and appalling behaviour of his brother. Miss Tavistock lacks experience of life so makes foolish mistakes and is prepared to give up her chance of happiness rather than confess her falsehoods to Gabriel.
The author knows the era very well. Her descriptions of the ballroom with its chalked floor, of the sumptuous dinners provided and the extravagant fete at Carlton House are filled with authentic detail and her account of naval battles in the early 19th century, ring true. My only complaint would be the rather sudden ending when I would have liked a little longer to enjoy the inevitable conclusion.
Young Miss Tavistock is promised in marriage to Captain Rempeare by the wish of her dearly departed papa. But the captain’s been at sea for a decade. When she finally meets him, tempestuous sparks fly, and she impulsively adopts a daring false identity. Going by “Lady X,” she vows never to marry such an infuriating man.
Captain Gabriel Rempeare is prepared to fulfill his duty and marry Miss Tavistock—if only he can clap eyes on her. One circumstance or another keeps them apart, though he cannot seem to avoid the beautiful, maddening, Lady X. When fate throws them together in London, Miss Tavistock discovers the real nature of the captain, and regrets her subterfuge. But can such a noble man forgive deceit? Or has her mistake already cost her everything?
Tempted By The Viscount is a historical romance set in London during 1825.
Lady Olivia Montfort is surrounded by scandal. She has just been granted a divorce, by the House of Lords, on the grounds of desertion. An artist, she is on the board of governors of a controversial school for young ladies, yet all she desires is her independence and the chance to make a home for herself and her daughter. Many in the ton (Britain’s high society) disapprove of Olivia, and gossip about her abounds, until a fresh source of tittle-tattle arrives; the newly appointed Viscount St. Alban.
Until recently, Jakob Radclyffe was a sea captain in the Far East. His title was bestowed upon him via a distant relative who left no heirs but plenty of debts. Jakob hopes to find a suitable step-mother for his daughter Mina; someone who will help overcome the high society’s prejudices surrounding her Asian heritage.
Lady Olivia intrigues Jakob, more so when he becomes convinced she may have connections to some missing Japanese paintings that he is interested in. But the extra time he spends with Olivia make it harder to turn away and seek a suitable future wife.
I enjoyed Olivia’s rebellious nature and her independence, while Mina was a good secondary character, giving the story some unexpected layers. This book would be ideal for readers who enjoy the drama of historical romances.
Lord Jakob Radclyffe left his past behind in the Far East. Or so he thinks until a ruthless thief surfaces in London, threatening to ruin his daughter’s reputation. With the clock ticking, Jake needs the scandalous Lady Olivia Montfort’s connections in the art world to protect his daughter’s future.
Olivia, too, has a past she’d like to escape. By purchasing her very own Mayfair townhouse, she’ll be able to start a new life independent from all men. There’s one problem: she needs a powerful man’s name to do so. The Viscount St. Alban is the perfect name.
A bargain is struck.
What Olivia doesn’t anticipate is the temptation of the viscount. The undeniable spark of awareness that races between them undermines her vow to leave love behind. Soon, she has no choice but to rid her system of Jake by surrendering to her craving for a single scorching encounter.
But is once enough? Sometimes once only stokes the flame of desire higher and hotter. And sometimes once is all the heart needs to risk all and follow a mad passion wherever it may lead.
Sofie spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized that she was no longer satisfied with simply reading the books she loved, that she must write them, too, she decided to finish her degree and embark on a writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted blessing.
When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco.