To Lure A Proper Lady
(Duke-Defying Daughters #1)
by Ashlyn Macnamara
by Ashlyn Macnamara
A dutiful young lady tries to resist the charms of a rogue from the legendary Bow Street Runners.
When Lady Elizabeth Wilde and her sisters are summoned once again to their chronically anxious father’s deathbed, she’s shocked to find that his worries are at last justified. He’s terribly ill, and Lizzie suspects poison. But when she seeks help from the Bow Street Runners, her request is answered by a rough-hewn rogue known only as Dysart. Though his irreverent charm by turns shocks and captivates her, a man of Dysart’s background is an altogether inappropriate choice for a duke’s daughter—isn’t he?
Although Dysart has his reasons to disdain polite society, the promise of supplemental income from a noble’s coffers is too tempting to deny. But if Dysart means to apprehend the culprit who poisoned the duke, he’ll need to avoid any and all distractions—like the delicious swish of Lady Elizabeth’s hips. Yet as the investigation begins to unearth secrets he’d rather remain hidden, Dysart must decide at a moment’s notice whether to hold Elizabeth at arm’s length . . . or pull her dangerously close.
A great start to a new series. To Lure A Proper Lady mixes intrigue with a mystery and adds a large splash of spice between Lady Elizabeth and Dysart.
Not your typical historical romance this story was interesting from the page one. The reader will especially enjoy the first meeting between Lady Elizabeth and the Bow Street Runner Dysart, which is delivered with perfect antagonistic dialog. This dialog continues through most of the story and adds a special twist to this story.
There is a house party going on so there are quite a few characters in this book keeping the reader very busy with who said and did what. Thou not all the characters are developed as strongly as Lady Elizabeth and Dysart they flow well with the story.
The other character that stands out is Elizabeth's second cousin, Snowley who is next in line to be duke when Lady Elizabeth's papa dies. Snowley really wants to marry Elizabeth and has his heart set on making sure it happens. I am sorry I just couldn't get my emotions wrapped around him and this made me want to find devious ways for her not to marry him.
This book has a great surprise and resolution to the ending that the reader will find deeply satisfying.
I give this 4 stars and recommend it to people who want a change from their typical historical romances.
An ARC copy was gifted in exchange for an honest opinion via Netgalley.