My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: In this Regency twist of My Fair Lady, Jack would rather be at sea than fixing the mistakes of his grandfather, the late Earl of Stansworth. Instead, he finds that inheriting his grandfather's wealth and title—and securing the welfare of his sister and mother—means joining the ranks of high society and living with the aristocracy. Luckily, Ivy Carlisle, the granddaughter of a dear friend of Jack's late grandmother, is willing to teach him etiquette and properly introduce him into society. Jack soon learns that his challenge isn't surviving his new lifestyle but surviving the conspiracies against him—as well as keeping himself from falling madly in love with his new tutor.
My thoughts: This book is part of "A Proper Romance" line of books from Shadow Mountain Publishing. The writing and stories are excellent. This is a line of books that I will not pass on reading. I have loved all of them.
This book is a take of "My Fair Lady". The difference is that the gender is reversed. Ivy Carlisle helps a sailor, who came into a recent inheritance, become a gentleman. It is pretty obvious from the start that Ivy and Jack will fall in love, it is the journey to the end that is entertaining.
Jack has enemies from the beginning. His grandfather named him as his heir on his deathbed. Jack does not want to be a member of the gentry, but capitulates for his mother and sister. His enemies add a bit of mystery to the story. It becomes important to find out who is trying to kill him before they actually succeed.
The book is a clean romance. I really liked the characters. I felt that Nancy Campbell Allen did a great job at their development and made them people with flaws, that gave a sense of realism to the story.
I anxiously anticipated reading this book, it did not disappoint. The book is clean with some non-graphic violence and kissing.
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About the Author: (Taken from Deseret Book) Nancy Campbell Allen (N.C. Allen) is the author of eleven published novels, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005 , her work won the Utah Best of State award. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loved to read, write, travel and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.