Hello! Okay, so I’m really bad at getting these reviews up. That and life seems to just keep getting busier, lol. This week’s review is the start of a new series by the wonderful Jenni James: The Bluestocking and the Dastardly, Intolerable Scoundrel.
Lord Alistair Compton could not believe Lady Lacey Lamb had the boldness to cut him in the middle of the Huffingtons’ ball. She flatly refused to stand up with him! He responded the only way a man of his consequence could—by placing a wager at White’s. Lady Ice would fall hopelessly in love with him before the Season was through.
Lacey had never been so appalled, so shocked, so scandalized! How dare the monstrous buffoon treat her so horridly, guaranteeing the gossips banter her name about over a ridiculous wager? It was not to be endured. With the help of her brother, Lord Melbourne, a counter bet was placed, and the stakes were high—for who could resist falling for the lovely bluestocking when she was most definitely in the right?
Jenni James certainly knows what she’s doing with fairy tales, and even Jane Austen retellings, and her venture into the Regency realm proves that she’s just a great there. This book was a blast, from the very beginning. After all, what better word is there to describe a book that starts with a bet over whether a scoundrel or ice-hearted lady would fall in love with the other first? Lady Lacey Lamb is a darling woman, one with a quick wit, high intelligence, and a heart of gold. She may hate the ton, but she has no problem using her position to help others however she can, as long as she stays away from the arrogant idiots, especially Lord Alistair Compton. After being given the cut by her, his wounded pride sends him to bet that he can make her fall in love with him. However, he never expected that ‘Lady Ice’s heart to be the warmest of all, or that her putting him in his place was enjoyable. These two are so adorable to read together, watching their stubbornness get in the way as much as help. It is certainly a sweet regency to read, and a great start to a new series of books by this wonderful author.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.