Original Title: Miss Frazer’s Adventure
Year Published: Lyrical Press
Published by: (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Number of Pages: 224
First Sentence: “As far as weddings went, the wedding between Lucius Jonathon Duval, Earl of Calfield, and Miss Katherine Frazer could be considered an extravagant, spectacular… failure.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
To avoid the taint of her mother’s scandalous reputation, Miss Kate Frazer stifles her naturally high spirits to become a model of propriety. But when she is rewarded with a suitor who cares only for her dowry—and leaves her waiting at the altar on her wedding day—Kate determines that she will live as she chooses. Her first adventure will be a trip to London under an assumed name to enjoy the city’s delights. And woe to anyone who stands in her way—particularly her fiancé…
Lucius Calfield wasn’t looking forward to wedlock with the tediously suitable Kate Frazer. Still, he is chagrined when a violent storm makes him late for the ceremony. But embarrassment turns to astonishment when he finds that his fiancée has vanished entirely! And that is the least of the surprises his unaccountably changed—and unexpectedly irresistible bride—has in store…
It has been a long time since I read a regency romance novel. I used to devour Harlequin books, especially the regency romance ones, but it’s been years since I last read a book in this genre. I’m glad that my first foray back into this genre was with this book.
Kate is such a lovely main character, sassy without being too much and still fit in with the time period the book is set in. She isn’t too much of a weakling either although she has bouts of being insecure and second guessing herself (as we all do). Still, she has been jilted and oh boy, she doesn’t immediately fall heels over head in love with the guy who did the jilting the second he shows her some interest. Instead she makes him work for it and it takes some time before she forgives him, as she has that much self-respect. You go girl!
Lucius is a dream. Sure, the first impression you get is that he is an absolute bastard. But he is the good guy with a bad boy image. And yes, he gets that what he did was a bad thing and does actually work hard to earn forgiveness. Atta boy.
The plot is predictable, as you do know that those two will end up together. But the journey there was very entertaining and with some nice twists and turns. The writing was fun and witty and for me the pages flew by.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do. I will certainly read more by Alexandra Ivy in the future.