Review: The Unlikely Lady by Valerie Bowman

Review: The Unlikely Lady by Valerie BowmanThe Unlikely Lady (Playful Brides, #3) by Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on May 5th 2015
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency, Retelling, Romance
Pages: 352
Source: Netgalley

Miss Jane Lowndes is a confirmed bluestocking. She's convinced that if she can wait out her parents' demand that she marry, someday she can be a confirmed spinster and hold intellectual salons, her fondest dream. No man wants a bluestocking for a wife, after all. And that's exactly the way Jane likes it. In fact, she's invented a fictitious chaperone to help her achieve that purpose.
Lord Garrett Upton is a devil-may-care confirmed bachelor. He's lived through the war, and now that he's back in London, he intends to enjoy life to the fullest. Marriage is certainly not a part of that plan. He's known Miss Lowndes for years, and the two of them have long engaged in a war of words. Jane's latest scheme to pretend she has a fake chaperone is none of his business . . . until her desire to involve herself in a scandal becomes all too personal.
When Garrett and Jane mistakenly kiss at a wedding party masquerade, their well-documented dislike for each other is turned on its ear. And when a devious widow, who will stop at nothing to have Garrett, plots to keep them apart, will their desire for each other overcome their dreams of remaining unattached?


Much Ado About Nothing is one of my favourite plays, so when I found out this book was inspired by that, I knew I had to read it! (Not to mention that they’ve been teasing us with this potential couple since book one of the series). True to it’s inspiration, there’s a lot of banter, comedy and mischief!

Garrett and Jane have been at each’s throat since the day they met, but with some scheming friends, a masquerade, and shared moment, the rules of engagement get thrown out the window. Despite what they thought about each other, they were definitely meant to be and they just needed the nudge in the right direction! I loved the spark between Jane and Garrett. There were lots of witty banter and delightful meetings. We also got to see quite a bit of our other couples from The Unexpected Duchess, & The Accidental Countess (Lucy’s still cooking up schemes with Cass this time, to help their friends realize what’s in front of them!).

I loved the tension as Jane and Garrett tried to work out their hate-love relationship. It was so much fun seeing Jane realize that maybe Garrett was the perfect guy for her as she learns he’s not such a rake, but instead a book-lover and is quite charming when he wants to be. (Sounds good to me!)

I liked that the misunderstandings didn’t take too long to resolve. There was one annoying character/plot line that dragged on for a little too long for my taste, but for the most part it was a fun read. Overall, this made me happy. Good banter and not overly dramatic. Just how I like it.

{Thanks to St. Martin’s Paperbacks & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: The Unlikely Lady by Valerie Bowman”

  1. I love the play too Cyn and this sounds lovely. I like when there is some angst but it doesn’t drag on. I am really starting to crave a good HF.

    1. Exactly, just a little angst and a lot more fun! This one was definitely a cute one!

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