Saturday, February 8, 2014

When a Lord Needs a Lady by Jane Goodger

When a Lord Needs a Lady by Jane Goodger.

This is not part of a series per se,  but has characters from other novels in it.

Katherine Wright, American heiress,  is in England to find a titled husband to make her parents happy. She would much rather go back home and go to college.  During her stay in Brighton Beach, she dresses as a maid and enjoys some alone time walking along the beach. She meets a man, the valet to Lord Graham Spencer, and is instantly intrigued.

Lord Graham Spencer sees an intriguing woman walking along the beach. He is so drawn to her that he goes down to the beach to meet her.  Saving her from dropping into the ocean, Graham strikes up a conversation with her. But Graham tells her is is actually his valet.

Graham and Katherine, both letting the other think they are not who they appear to be, engage in a flirtation. Katherine sneaks out of hotel room to meet Graham in secret.  They both know that the relationship would never work, but they can't stay away from each other.

They have one last night together, but Katherine never show up.  Graham goes to her hotel and demands to find out what happen to her and learns that her party has left early.  He is devastated thinking that he will never see her again.

Fortunately for them both, they end up at the same house party and soon learn that the other was not honest with who they were. Unfortunately, Graham is soon to be engaged to another American heiress to save his properties from ruin.  Will Graham follow his heart or will his need to save his legacy prevail?

When I read the synopsis for this novel, I was intrigued.  I've often read historical romance novels when one of the characters is not honest about whom they are, but rarely do you see both leading characters take on a new persona.  It was interesting to see two people fall in love, just being themselves without all the "perfect behavior" that was the norm for that time period.

This is not the first book that I've read by this author, but I haven't read the book that has Graham's friends in it so I'll be checking it out soon.  I do hope that Goodger continues to write about some of the secondary characters in this novel as I would like to see them get their HEA too!

You can get this book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thanks go out to NetGalley and eKensington for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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