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Published by Entangled, Select Historical on December 28, 2015
Genres: Romance, Historical
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To win a lord, you can’t be a lady…
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. But 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 for the court. 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, and 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 will rule the day.
History has seldom, if ever, been kind to women, and this is part of the reason I enjoy historical romances so much; it’s like taking back and reconquering periods during which we were oppressed. It’s also heavy on the fantasy and fairy tale elements, given that the sort of romance between classes we often see in historical fiction is highly unlikely to have happened in fact (at least insofar as matrimonial prospects are concerned).
Happily, this is exactly the kind of romance that blossoms between the main characters of Eva Devon’s Less Than a Lady, actress extraordinaire and Puritan’s daughter Amelia Fox and Darcy Blake, Earl of Chase and friend to the king. READ MORE »