Less Than A Lady

Less Than A Lady by Eva Devon


Overview by Netgalley:

less than a lady


Less Than A Lady by Eva Devon

Overview by Netgalley:

Darcy Blake, Earl of Chase, is a solider, rogue, and a loyal king’s man. Commanded to spy on the luscious actress Amelia Fox, Darcy must pretend to be her student for a Court theatrical. He is certain he can school her in the art of seduction while discovering if she is a traitor. To his shock, he finds Mrs. Fox teaching him an entirely different kind of lesson.

As London’s most popular actress, Amelia is famous at Court, and she doesn’t have a husband to tell her what do. Unfortunately, the king has ordered her to train the rakehell Lord Chase to act. Before long, the earl is driving her wild with desire and awakening her heart to love. As an actress, society dictates she can never be more than Lord Chase’s mistress, but Amelia has vowed never to be less than a lady.

When Darcy learns the witty actress is indeed linked to a traitor, he’ll have to decide if love or loyalty to the king will rule the day.

Wow! I really enjoyed this book! I really find that I appreciate historical romance books that veer away from the traditional time period of the Regency age. This story takes place during
the Restoration Period. I don’t know a lot about the time, but the author weaves the politics and religion of the day through the love story.

Amelia is an actress who has been charged by King Charles to train one of his courtiers as an actress. It is really a ruse to get Darcy close enough to her to find out if she is a traitor. And so begins the cat and mouse game between the two.

Darcy is a natural flirt. I found him to be an amusing character who loves to spar with the enticing Amelia. It was amazing to see him fall for Amelia – the unexpected feelings he experiences were such a validation and vindication as the reader. I wanted him to fall for her and to protect her. The theme of betrayal runs throughout this story. Who will betray whom and how will it all turn out?

Amelia is such a complex character. I was really curious how the author would play out her storyline. Unlike today, actresses did not have a great reputation in the past. How would the author make Amelia into a lady? Well, this character was so fascinating. Her past and present were slowly shared and each revelation was interesting and moved the plot forward. I understood how she felt about her brother and her interest in protecting him, yet I understood how Darcy wanted to shake her for her blinding loyalty.

This was a well developed story. I especially enjoyed the scenes with the King. His speeches in the third person were hilarious and added some levity to the story. I loved the banter between Amelia and Darcy when they were just a man and a woman getting to know one another. The love scene between the two was really hot and also very surprising. The model on the cover of the book was perfect and I could just imagine Darcy like that!

This book was really great for many reasons, but the setting of a different time period made it stand out for me!


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