While escorting the beautiful, bold, and reckless Lady Farris on her journey north, Major Duncan McCameron must contend with carriage crashes, secret barn dances, robbers, and an inn with only one bed that tests his resolve in more ways than one. - (Baker & Taylor)
While escorting the beautiful, bold and reckless Lady Farris on her journey north, Major Duncan McCameron must contend with carriage crashes, secret barn dances, robbers and an inn with only one bed that tests his resolve in more ways than one. Original. 80,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
Eva Leigh concludes her Breakfast Club and 80s movie-inspired Regency series with a merry widow and a stoic major on a bumpy road to love...
Adjusting to life in peacetime isn't easy for Major Duncan McCameron. Escorting a lady on her journey north seems like the perfect chance to give him some much-needed purpose. That is, until he learns the woman in question is the beautiful, bold, reckless Lady Farris. She makes his head spin and being alone together will surely end in disaster.
Beatrice, the Dowager Countess of Farris, is finally free of a stifling marriage and she has no plans to shackle herself to any other man. Ready to live life to the fullest, she's headed to a week-long bacchanal and the journey should be half the fun. Except she's confined to a carriage with a young, rule-abiding, irritatingly handsome Scottish soldier who wouldn't know a good time if it landed in his lap. But maybe a madcap escapade will loosen him up...
Between carriage crashes, secret barn dances, robbers, and an inn with only one bed, their initial tension dissolves into a passion that neither expected. But is there a future for an adventure-loving lady and a duty-bound soldier, or will their differences tear them apart?
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*Starred Review* After enduring the requisite period of mourning for a less-than-satisfactory husband, Beatrice Sloane, the Dowager Countess of Farris, is more than ready to enjoy the newfound freedoms of widowhood. First on Beatrice's list of things to do is attend Lord Gibb's famously naughty house party. The only glitch in Beatrice's plans is that for safety's sake, Major Duncan McCameron will be escorting her to Nottinghamshire. Now how on earth is a lady supposed to sample everything the world has to offer with a by-the-book, rule-embracing, adorably gruff man like Duncan watching her every move? Leigh wraps up her Regency-set Union of the Rakes series (My Fake Rake, 2019; Would I Lie to the Duke, 2020), which is cleverly inspired by 1980s pop culture, with a mischievously conceived, boldly sensual love story that powerfully celebrates embracing new opportunities in life and love. With a cadre of captivating characters, wit-infused writing, and a few graceful tips of her writing cap to iconic movies like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Footloose, Leigh delivers a seemingly effortless, endlessly entertaining love story. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
The Union of the Rakes series ends with the exhilarating escapades of a widow and a soldier. At 46, Beatrice Sloane, the Dowager Countess of Farris, wants to finally explore the joys and pleasures she missed out on during her marriage. She's eager to attend a weeklong bacchanal where she can participate in "utter, filthy debauchery." As a favor to a friend, Maj. Duncan McCameron is accompanying Lady Farris on the journey to make sure she arrives safely, and then he has plans to begin a new job. He's been feeling adrift in peacetime and is hopeful a career focus will provide him with a sense of purpose. This jaunt is meant to serve as a short holiday for him, but Lady Farris' spontaneity is antithetical to his need for routine and order. What was supposed to be a straightforward trip ends up involving carriage destruction, outdoor sleeping, an unlawful dance, and, most unexpectedly, fiery passion that turns into love. This adventure-story romance has a big heart and a madcap plot just like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Footloose, the 1980s films it drew inspiration from. The older heroine is refreshing, and her sexual journey is satisfying and oh-so-sensual. A secondary romance between two male characters is beautifully sweet. The more outlandish parts of the plot sometimes feel too silly, but the characters' connections and emotions always feel grounded in truth. This road trip is worth taking. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
Rigid, rule-following ex-soldier Duncan McCameron meets his match in spontaneous Beatrice Sloane, the Dowager Countess of Farris, in the winning final romance of Leigh's Union of the Rakes series (after Would I Lie to the Duke). Duncan's employer, the Duke of Rotherby, tasks him with escorting Lady Beatrice on her trip to Nottinghamshire, where, unbeknownst to both men, she plans to enjoy the freedom of her newfound widowhood by attending an orgy. Though he's aware of Beatrice's impetuous nature, Duncan expects an uneventful outing. But Beatrice, 12 years Duncan's senior, is determined to have an adventure—though her carriage falling into a ravine, battling with thieves, and pretending to be married out of necessity wasn't what she had in mind. Through these misadventures, Beatrice's wit, curiosity, and candor coax Duncan into loosening up while Duncan's strength, calm demeanor, and measured decisions make Beatrice feel secure—and, eventually, desired—for the first time. Though the tense situations add urgency to the budding romance, the relationship itself is based on a foundation of genuine connection and sincere emotional bonding. With this venturesome Regency, Leigh sends the series out on a high note. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Feb.)
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